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USCIS issues final rule increasing fees

  1. Date Announced

    Aug. 3, 2020

    USCIS issues a final rule increasing fees by a weighted average of 20 percent and adding new fees, including a $50 fee for asylum applications, and a $1,170 fee for naturalization applications. The rule also establishes multiple fees for nonimmigrant worker petitions, removes certain fee exemptions, limits fee waivers, establishes new forms, and alters premium processing time limits, among other things. The final rule was signed by Chad Mizelle, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the General Counsel, on behalf of Acting Secretary Wolf; the NPRM was signed by Acting Secretary McAleenan.

    [ID #1016]

    See Biden administration action below.

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Oct. 2, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    September 29, 2020

    On September 29, 2020, N.D. Cal. granted a preliminary injunction, staying the implementation and effective date of the August 2020 Final Rule.

    ILRC et al. v. Wolf (N.D. Cal. Sept. 29, 2020)
  4. Subsequent Action

    October 9, 2020

    On October 9, 2020, D.D.C. granted a preliminary injunction, staying the effective date of the Final Rule pending resolution of the matter or further order of the court.

    **Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**

    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. USCIS, Civil Action No. 19-3283 (DDC Oct. 9, 2020).
  5. Biden Administration Action

    June 14, 2021

    This notice made known the Biden administration's intention to rescind and replace the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    DHS issued a Uniform Regulatory Agenda notice announcing its intention to propose to adjust the fees charged by USCIS for immigration and naturalization benefit requests.  This proposed rule would rescind and replace the changes made by the August 3, 2020, rule and establish new USCIS fees to recover USCIS operating costs.   

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule

Commentary

USCIS Fee Hike: How Immigrants Are Affected

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AILA: Changes to USCIS Fee Schedule

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