January 2020

USCIS Set to Raise Immigration Form Fee’s

On 11/14/2019 the Department of Homeland Security, the branch who oversees the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), published its proposal to raise the fees to apply for most immigration benefits. The rule change must be published for 30 days before the rule can go into effect.

As of today, the fees for immigration benefits have not increased, but the increase is inevitable.

Under the proposed rule, if you are applying for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485), which is the procedure to obtain lawful status inside the United States, the fee will go from $1,225 to $2,195. That is a 79% increase for one of the most common immigration forms.

Under the proposed rule, if you are applying for citizenship (Form N-400), the fee will go from $725 to $1,255. This is an 83% increase to become a United States Citizen.

The fees for other petitions will also increase dramatically, the provisional waiver (I-601A) will increase by 52% from $715 to $1,045. The family petition (Form I-130) will also increase!

If you were looking to obtain lawful status in the United States, you should seek an immigration attorney to help you apply before these fees increase! A knowledgeable immigration attorney will guide you through the entire process and should work as quickly as possible, to file your applications. We highly discourage people from filing their own immigration forms due to the severe consequences that a small mistake can have on your immigration status. A mistake could lead to deportation proceedings. Hire an attorney who can keep you safe and who has a proven track record.

The Law Offices of Luis Ruiz serve clients throughout the United States, our physical office locations are in Houston, TX and Baytown, TX. We are a full-service immigration firm who handle all family-based matters for our clients. We help our clients petition for their parents, children, and spouses. We deal extensively with crime victims and aid them in filing their VAWA and U-Visa applications. We also guide our clients through the process to become U.S. citizens.


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