• Filip Kobylecki

USCIS Fee Increase Blocked

In a welcome piece of news, the USCIS fee increase, due to take effect on October 2, 2020 and referenced in our post from September 8, has been preliminary enjoined (blocked) by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In an action brought by eight nonprofit organizations that provide low cost immigration services, Judge Jeffrey S. White issued a nationwide preliminary block of the USCIS fee increase, pending adjudication of the arguments raised against the Department of Homeland Security. As this is only preliminary block and the merits of the case still need to be heard by the court, this is a temporary development which may not hold for longer than a few months. Nevertheless, for thousands of individuals hoping to file for naturalization, adjustment of status, or a myriad of other immigration benefits, this is a rare positive development in U.S. immigration policy.

Given the dramatic fee increases announced and the rush to file such applications impacted by this policy, this injunction will provide prospective immigrants with much needed additional time and resources as they solidify their status in the United States. Our office will continue to monitor this litigation and provide any updates that arise in the coming weeks. For now, we can breath a sigh of relief as a significant financial hurdle to U.S. immigration has been temporary lifted.