Original Date AnnouncedJune 25, 2020
USCIS proposes a surcharge of 10% to applications in order to repay the $1.5 million of emergency funding requested from Congress on May 15, 2020. USCIS predicts the drop in applications due to the COVID pandemic will produce a "crippling budget shortfall." [ID #1035]Go to article on uscis.gov
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
June 19, 2020
OMB Letter Supporting USCIS Cost Recovery
OMB letter voicing support for USCIS's continued operation and allocation of emergency funding.View Document
June 24, 2020
2020.06.24 DHS Letter in Support of USCIS
DHS letter voicing support for USCIS request to Congress for increased funding in the wake of reduced applications due to COVID-19View Document
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, which had encompassed the proposed surcharge (see Associated Policy below).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, which had encompassed the proposed surcharge (see Associated Policy below), 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.**View Document
Biden Administration Action: Under StudyJune 14, 2021
Unified Agenda Notice: 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. The August 2020 rule had encompassed the proposed surcharge (see Associated Policy below).View Document