USCIS Announces Oct. 2nd Fee Increase

USCIS has announced that they will increase filing fees for many applications as of October 2, 2020.

Following announcements that USCIS is struggling to meet operational costs due to cuts in funding and fewer applications being received (where the majority of funding generally comes from), the agency has released an updated fee chart. The new fees are scheduled to go into effect in early October. According to the Department of Homeland Security, they are implementing an average weighted increase of 20% across all form types, though some will be more affected than others. In particular, the fee for citizenship (Form N-400) will increase by $530 — an 83% increase.

Other affected forms include the I-129 for employment-based petitions, I-539 for extension and change of status, and I-765 for work authorization. USCIS will also begin offering a small discount for online filing instead of paper filing. Those who are eligible for various immigration benefits are strongly encouraged to apply soon before the new fees go into effect.

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