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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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I-693 (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record)

I-693 (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record)

In section 212(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the medical grounds for inadmissibility are listed. In general, these grounds include dangerous and communicable diseases which have been deemed to be a danger to the US public. In order to show that they do not have these medical conditions, applicants filing for a green card must submit USCIS Form I-693 (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record). This form must be completed by a USCIS-approved civil surgeon and once sealed by the surgeon must not be opened by the applicant. I-693 shows the results of a medical examination and any evidence of vaccination records found.

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