USCIS About to Raise Application Fees for Immigrants
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has proposed an increase of the fees for application processing by 21%. This will make it nearly impossible for families and immigrants to adjust their status, apply for citizenship, or bring a family member to the United States. As it is, the current fees are an impediment for many clients with valid claims of relief.
The people that will be primarily impacted are:
- Legal permanent residents that meet the 5 year or 3 year requirements looking to apply for citizenship;
- Immigrants who have come in and overstayed their visa who are marrying a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident;
- Immigrants who have come in through the border and are looking for a waiver of deportation;
- Immigrants applying for employment authorization; and
- Immigrants applying for Temporary Protected Status, among others.
As of now, the fees are scheduled to increase in mid-July. Our firm has written multiple correspondence to the Department of Homeland Security requesting that the fees not be increased. The citizenship application (N-400), for example, would increase from $680 to roughly $822. If there is an adjustment of status packet (I-130, I-485, I-864, I-765) being filed the price would increase from $1490 to roughly $1802.
It is important to consider coming in to discuss your potential chances for relief with an attorney so that you can file your application(s) before the fees increase. In the meantime, we will continue to do everything we can to prevent them from going up.
Eric R. Suarez
Immigration Law Clerk at The Law Office of Miguel Palmeiro