USCIS to Increase Filing Fees
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued its final fee schedule on Aug. 3, 2020. This will take effect Oct. 2, 2020. The following is a list of fee changes that will impact religious workers:
|Form Type||Current Fee||New Fee|
Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (R-1)
Application for Travel Document
Petition for Special Immigrant Religious Worker
Application to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident
Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
Application for Employment Authorization (Non-DACA)
Application for Employment Authorization (DACA)
Application for Naturalization
In addition to the new fees above, USCIS announced a few other changes that will affect religious workers. At this time, the adjustment of status application for permanent residence is able to be filed as a bundle with Form I-765 and Form I-131, for temporary work authorization and temporary travel authorization (advance parole), with no additional fee. As of Oct. 2, 2020, these three forms will be “un-bundled” and each application will have a separate fee. Please see the chart above for those fees.
USCIS also changed the processing times for the premium processing service. Currently, if an I-129 Petition is filed using the Premium Processing Service, a decision on the case will be made within 15 calendar days. This new rule will increase the time frame to 15 business days.
Please also note that any form that can be filed online will have a $10 discount for an online filing.
CLINIC, joined a coalition of 8 of the nation’s leading immigrants’ rights organizations in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Kenneth Cuccinelli over DHS’s new rule increasing application fees for immigration benefits, citizenship and asylum. The coalition is seeking a nationwide injunction of the rule to prevent it from going into effect on Oct. 2, 2020.
Please contact your assigned RIS Attorney as early as possible, as many RIS clients will want to file their applications/petitions before the fees increase on Oct. 2, 2020.