November 12, 2019: USCIS has proposed new fees for many applications and petitions. Not surprisingly, most fees will increase, and sometimes by a lot. See which fees will increase, how some forms will change, how Premium Processing will change under the proposed rules, and more in the latest YouTube video.
The rule will be published in the Federal Register on November 14, 2019. There will be a 30-day comment period, following which period USCIS will publish a final rule. The final rule might have some changes to the fees, but there will still be an increase.
If you have been delaying filing certain applications, we strongly recommend filing soon to avoid the fee increase. Some of the biggest increases are below:
N-400 (Naturalization): Increases from $725 to $1170
Adjustment of Status with EAD and Advance Parole (I-485, I-765 and I-131) increases from $1225 to $2170
Provisional Waiver of Unlawful Presence (I-601A) increases from $630 to $960
Application to Remove Conditions (I-751): increases from $595 to $760.
Other changes include unbundling the work authorization (EAD) and travel documents that can be requested with Adjustment of Status filings. USCIS plans to return to the earlier system of having separate fees for each form, rather than including the EAD and Advance Parole in the Adjustment of Status filing fee.
USCIS is restricting the type of forms for which a fee waiver can be requested, and making it more difficult to qualify for a waiver.
The timeframes for Premium Processing will change. USCIS will have 15 business days to respond, instead of 15 calendar days. USCIS hopes that this increased timeframe will prevent them needing to suspend Premium Processing completely when workloads are too high, as has happened in the past. We'll see.....
There are more changes that are described in the linked video. If you have any questions about the proposed changes, please contact Elaine Martin directly.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.