US Immigration Update (October 1, 2020): The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the motion for preliminary injunction temporarily halting the implementation of USCIS final fee rule in its entirety and on a nationwide basis. This means that the new fee increases have been STOPPED, at least for now. We will update this webpage with information and guidance on further developments. Please check back frequently.

What happens next?
The Government (USCIS) will likely appeal to the 9th Circuit court to get the fee increases pushed through. However, no one knows when the appeal will happen or what the result of the appeal will be.

What does this mean for you?
No one knows if or when the new fees will be made effective, but as long as the injunction is in place the USCIS cannot raise fees. Taking into consideration that fees could go up for many applications at any time, it's generally a good idea to prepare & file your Green Card or Citizenship applications sooner rather than later.

See the chart below to see the differences in the current vs new fees.

Current vs New Fee Increases

Form #Immigration ApplicationCurrent FeesNew FeesExtra Fees% Increase
N-400U.S. Citizenship$640$1,170$530+83%
I-130/I-485Family Green Cards$1,760$2,860$1,100+62%
I-751Petition to Remove Conditions$595$760$165+28%
I-765Employment Authorization (EAD) - (Non-DACA)$410$550$140+34%


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G-1041 (Genealogy Index Search Request)

G-1041 (Genealogy Index Search Request)

America is a land of immigrants and therefore many Americans researching their family tree eventually need to find immigration records. Luckily, the government, through the USCIS, has a selection of documents which can help you trace your family history. A good place to start is with USCIS form G-1041 (Genealogy Index Search Request). This form allows you to search the USCIS indices to determine whether there may be anything related to your specific search in USCIS records. This form will not give you copies of the records, but rather the file number of any relevant records. If your request uncovers some records that you wish to get copies, you will need to file a separate form to get copies of the records.