On July 2020 USCIS released a Final Rule increasing fees to many immigration and naturalization benefits. The Rule also makes changes to adjudication policies and drastically restrict requirements for fee waivers. USCIS states that the increases are needed because “unlike most government agencies, USCIS is fee funded… fees fund nearly 97% of USCIS budget” however, the fee increases and changes to fee waivers will pose a hardship to low income earning immigrants and their families.
On September 29, 2020, a district court stayed the August 2020 Final Rule allowing for USCIS fee increases and updates to many of its forms. Forcing USCIS to halt planned October 2020 fee increases. It is not possible to know how long the fee rule will be enjoined and USCIS has 60 day to appeal however, USCIS has continued to accept original applications with current fees.
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AILA. Changes to USCIS Fee Scale https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/changes-to-uscis-fee-schedule
Actualización a los aumentos de tarifas de USCIS