Original Date AnnouncedAugust 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]2020.08.03 USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements
Effective DateOctober 2, 2020
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
September 29, 2020
ILRC et al. v. Wolf (N.D. Cal. Sept. 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.View Document
October 9, 2020
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. USCIS, Civil Action No. 19-3283 (DDC Oct. 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.View Document
**Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**
Biden Administration Action: Under StudyJune 14, 2021
Unified Agenda: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule
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.View Document
Current StatusNot in effectJune 14, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration