Posted September 14, 20201:11 pm
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made a new rule that increases fees for many immigration applications, limits the types of applications that are eligible for a fee waiver, and narrows the eligibility requirements for a fee waiver. This new rule will go into effect on October 2, 2020.
Some applications that will no longer be eligible for a fee waiver are the application for citizenship (Form N-400) and the application to renew a green card (Form I-90). Humanitarian applications, such as U and T visa applications, applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), will still be eligible for fee waivers. However, receiving public benefits or having a financial hardship will no longer qualify someone for a fee waiver. The only way to qualify for a fee wavier will be to prove income at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
The fees for most applications will increase substantially. For example, the citizenship application fee will increase from $670 to $1,170.
If you are considering applying for immigration benefits with USCIS, consider sending your application as soon as possible before the new fee rule goes into effect on October 2. If you have any questions about the fee increases or are interested in applying for immigration benefits, please contact our office by phone at 888-817-3777 or apply for our services online.