Breaking News Alert: New USCIS Fees Rule

New USCIS Fee Rule Goes Into Effect October 2, 2020

On August 3, 2020, USCIS published a final rule that significantly increases immigration filing fees by an overall weighted average of 20%. The rule, which goes into effect on October 2, 2020, adds new fees for certain immigration filings, establishes individual fees for temporary worker filings, alters premium processing timeframes, creates new mandatory immigration forms, removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, and changes the delivery requirements for secure documents. Any application or petition postmarked on or after October 2, 2020, must be accompanied with the fees set forth in the final rule.

 

What will change under the New USCIS Fee Rule?

 

Premium Processing: The final rule lengthens the timeframe for USCIS to take an adjudicative action on Premium Processing filings from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. Read our Premium Processing News Flash for details.

 

Employment-Based Immigration: The final rule creates separate fees and forms for each nonimmigrant (temporary) classification, with fees increasing as much as 75% for certain petition filings.

 

Green Card (“Adjustment of Status”) Applications: The reduced filing fee for children under the age of 14 filing with a parent has been eliminated, so a standard fee of $1,130 will apply to all applicants. Additionally, while the filing fees for employment or family immigrant (permanent) petitions have not increased, separate fees have been added for work authorization ($550) and travel authorization ($590) applications filed in connection with Green Card applications, more than doubling the total cost of filing a Green Card application package to $2,270.

 

Naturalization for U.S. Citizenship: The filing fee for a Naturalization application to become a U.S. Citizen has increased 83% from $640 to $1,170.

 

Fee Waivers: Fee waivers are limited to filings for which USCIS is required by law to consider the request or where the USCIS Director exercises favorable discretion as provided in the regulation.

 

Secure Document Delivery: USCIS will only send secure identification documents (Green Cards, work and travel authorization cards, etc.) to applicants unless they expressly consent to having a document sent to their attorney. Attorneys will be required to provide identification and a signature to receive a secure document.

 

The specific filing fee changes that pertain to the types of cases that our office handles are listed below:

Need assistance filing your case? Have questions on any of the latest changes? Contact us here at Savitz Law today, we're here to help. 

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