In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is facing the reality of financial crisis.
USCIS, through a spokesperson, relayed to the United States Government that it would need $1.2 billion in the form of a cash bailout to continue operations. In addition to furloughs, the agency announced that it would increase fees.
On August 3, 2020, a final rule was posted in the Federal Register that will increase filing fees for certain types of immigration benefit filings.
When will the changes take effect?
The new fees will become effect 60 days after publishing the rule which means the new fees take effect starting October 2, 2020.
Form 601A, Provisional waiver for unlawful presence is increasing by 52% from $725 (form with biometrics included) to $1010.
Form N400, Application for naturalization is increasing by 83% from $715 (including biometrics) to $1220.