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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-912, Request for Fee Waiver

The USCIS is a government agency but is not largely funded by tax dollars. Instead, the USCIS relies on its fees and filing costs to pay for the services it offers. However, in some cases immigrants may not be able to pay easily for the filing costs and fees associated with some USCIS petitions. When this happens, immigrants can file I-912 (Request for Fee Waiver) along with their form to request that filing fees be waived in their case. Applicants requesting this will need to make sure that their application form is eligible for such a fee waiver by checking http://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver. As well, applicants will need to submit information about why they cannot pay their filing fee. The USCIS will consider all cases individually when deciding about waiving fees, since every time someone does not pay a filing fee, the costs are passed on to other applicants in the form of fee increases.

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