After U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a “comprehensive biennial fee review,” the agency determined that the current fees being charged for certain benefits “do not cover the full cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services.” As a result, the agency decided to increase certain fees and even add new ones for certain types of immigration benefit requests. Although USCIS announced that it intended on increasing fees for specific services months ago, it wasn’t until August 3, 2020, that the agency published a final rule on the Federal Register that highlights the new fee schedule which will take effect on October 2, 2020.
Although the final rule does list a few fees that have decreased in price, there are a number of benefit request fees that have substantially gone up. While you are encouraged to review the final rule to learn more about the changes USCIS is making to its fee schedule, we have listed a few of the increases for some of the most commonly filed documents down below for your convenience:
- I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence- The current fee is $595, and the final fee once the final rule takes effect is $760.
- I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (Non-DACA)- The new filing fee is $550, which is an increase of $140 from the current fee of $410.
- I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal- New filing fee is $1,810, which is an increase of $1,525 from the current fee which is $285.
- I-193, Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa- New filing fee is $2,790, an increase of $2,205 from the current fee which is $585.
- I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)- Current fee is $575 and the final fee will be $1,010.
In addition to these new filing fees, USCIS will also be charging a $50 fee to those who apply for asylum. The Miami Herald says this “will make the U.S. one of only four countries around the world that [will] charge a fee for humanitarian protection.”
If you or someone you know intends on filing any of the forms that are affected by USCIS’s final rule, you are encouraged to contact the Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys at Kuck | Baxter Immigration so that a legal expert can get your forms filed before October 2, 2020. Not only can the Atlanta, GA immigration lawyers at Kuck | Baxter Immigration help you apply for immigration benefits, but they also answer any questions you might have or assist with a different type of immigration-related matter.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
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