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USCIS Fees Were Supposed to Increase — By a Lot — on October 2. Then a Judge Temporarily Blocked the Increase. What Happened? What’s Next?

After several organizations filed lawsuits against USCIS to challenge and stop the significant fee increases, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, a federal judge temporarily blocked USCIS’ fee increase action. The order came just three days before the new fees were scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020.  The judge questioned the validity of the fee increase and its effect on applicants. The order calls for the fees increase to be blocked across the […]

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USCIS Fees Are Increasing By an Average of 20%. Find Out If You Could Be Impacted.

USCIS recently released a Final Rule saying it plans to increase filing fees by an average of 20% in addition to other price hikes and adjustments to processing time limits. What exactly is changing and who is going to be the hardest hit? What is happening to Premium Processing? USCIS has asked for the ability to impose a 10% surcharge on immigration applications and plans to significantly increase filing fees starting October 2, 2020. According […]

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What You Should Know about Possible USCIS Furloughs and the Potential Impact on Your Application

USCIS has threatened to furlough more than 13,000 USCIS workers, alleging budget shortfalls. How could this impact your application? What can you do? Since 2017, USCIS has implemented an arsenal of policies and procedures that have decreased its efficiency, driven up the cost of adjudications, slowed case processings, and caused “immigration chaos.” That’s not our opinion, either — it comes from a federal judge! USCIS’ budget report shows that it will end the fiscal year […]

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Infographic: What to Expect at Your Next USCIS Field Office Visit During Coronavirus

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USCIS Announces Funding Crisis, Premium Processing in Phases. Marks Gray Explains What It Means for Your Case.

Recently, USCIS said if it does not receive $1.2 billion in emergency funds from Congress, it would furlough thousands of employees at the start of July. On the flip side, after suspending service for several months, they released a schedule for the phased reopening of premium services. What does this mean for you? Let’s deal with the budget issue first.  If USCIS is not funded and the furloughs occur, this would result in ongoing delays […]

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What to Expect After USCIS Offices Reopen

USCIS shutdown in-person services at field offices and application support centers (ASCs) starting on March 18, 2020. Now it has announced a plan to reopen on or after June 4, 2020. What can you expect from this reopening?  USCIS is expected to reschedule ASC appointments for biometrics that were canceled. Those affected will receive new appointment letters in the mail.  If you had an InfoPass or other appointment scheduled, it must be rescheduled through the […]

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