New 10% Immigration Application Fee Surcharge

Mario A. Godoy
New 10% Immigration Application Fee Surcharge

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is on the brink of insolvency. It relies on the fees that it charges for immigration applicants to fund its operations. Due to the decrease in applications for visas, green cards and immigration applications other said that it could run out of money by the summer because the coronavirus pandemic had resulted in far fewer people applying for visas and other benefits. The fiscal year 2020 budget had counted on fees paid by immigration applicants to cover 97% of the $4.8 billion budget. USCIS has requested a $1.2 billion bailout from Congress to maintain immigration office services.

New 10% Immigration Application Fee Surcharge

USCIS plans to impose a “one-time emergency request” 10% “surcharge” on all immigration applications, in addition to the bailout and the previously proposed fee increases. In late 2019 the government announced plans to increase citizenship application fees more than 60% from $725 to $1,170, as well as increase other immigration fees, and eliminate fee waivers for financial hardship.

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Immigration law can be confusing, and it changes frequently. It is important to have legal guidance from a knowledgeable attorney. The immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office in Chicago and Lombard can help you with your immigration case. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office or call us at 855-554-6369. 

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