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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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N-644, Application for Posthumous Citizenship

N-644, Application for Posthumous Citizenship

The US Armed Forces includes many non-US-citizens who fight and die for the US in times of military conflict. As a recognition of the services of these individuals, Public Law 101-249 allows for posthumous US citizenship to be granted to these individuals who die as a direct result of active duty with the Armed Forces in military conflicts. It is important to note, however, that this type of citizenship is honorary only; it does not grant any immigration benefits to the deceased or their family. To apply for this type of citizenship on behalf of a deceased loved one, file USCIS form N-644 (Application for Posthumous Citizenship). If your petition is approved, you will be issued a Certificate of Citizenship (N-645).

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