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Cost recovery is the stated goal, so:

  • N-400 fees to go from $640 to $1,170 (83% increase)
  • "Weighted-average" fees across all applications going up 21%
  • Effective date is unclear, but I assume Oct 1, 2020
     

Lay press report: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/08/politics/asylum-fee-uscis/index.html

Press release: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-proposes-adjust-fees-meet-operational-needs

Proposed rule (technical): https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-24366.pdf?utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pi+subscription+mailing+list

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I just looked at the federal register document and it looks like USCIS is in a deficit currently as it costs USCIS $871 for the naturalization process which is a loss of $231. If they increase the fee to $1170 they would make a profit. The $1,170 is aside from the $85 biometric fee which would bring the total to $1,255 if the proposal went through.  


 

 

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Here's the deal, it is not in any party's interest that the USCIS are in deficit.

This is what I think USCIS should do:

Increase the fees for the N400 so they will not be losing money, and give the option of premium processing for a very short time (2-4 months guaranteed) for $2000.

This way USCIS will not lose money for processing application of the ones who can't pay the premium fee, and will be making good profit from the ones who does have the money.


The immigration process caused me PTSD.

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Interesting News Release

 

https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-proposes-adjust-fees-meet-operational-needs

 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-24366.pdf?utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pi+subscription+mailing+list

 

For petitioners that are interested and eligible for Naturalization with a pending or approved I-751, DHS proposes to increase the fee for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, from $640 to $1,170, a $530 or 83% increase.  :oops:

 

Also, DHS proposes to incorporate the biometric services cost into the underlying immigration benefit request fees for which biometric services are applicable.

 

Effective Date:  The FY 2019/2020 fee review assumes these changes may affect the second year of the biennial period, as FY 2020 began on October 1, 2019.

 

 


02/08/2019 90 days window opens for Removal of Conditions 

02/09/2019 ROC Package mailed to Lewisville Lockbox

02/14/2019 Received at Lockbox Facility - Received Date

02/19/2019 Text with receipt # EAC (VSC) - Credit card was charged - Notice Date

02/22/2019 I-797 Notice of Action Received (18-month extension) 😎

03/08/2019 I-797C - Notice Date (Biometrics)

03/16/2019 I-797C Notice of Action Received (ASC Biometrics Appointment)

03/26/2019 Date of Biometrics Appointment

10/21/2019 Transferred to Potomac Service Center

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21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

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22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

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*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

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12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

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17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

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If they increase the fees then USCIS Seattle office seriously needs to do something about the current wait time of 15 months. That’s too much of a joke already. But with an increase in the fee also? Ridiculous. 


 

 

 

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Also they want to charge separately for employment authorization ($490) and travel document ($585) when filing for adjustment of status, no longer letting people get it for free. Currently its $1,225 including biometrics, they want to change it to $2,195 to adjust status and get employment authorization and permission to travel, a 79% increase. (see page 86 on linked pdf) 😬

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"Effective Date:  The FY 2019/2020 fee review assumes these changes may affect the second year of the biennial period, as FY 2020 began on October 1, 2019."

 

What does that even mean? Most difficult and confusing sentence I have ever read since becoming an immigrant. 😆 Anyone that can explain it in easier words?


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

 

ROC:

04-19-2019 - Earliest filing date

04-22-2019 - I-751 sent with USPS (AZ lockbox)

04-24-2019 - Delivered/Received date

04-30-2019 - Check cashed

04-30-2019 - NOA1 text/email (WAC)

05-03-2019 - NOA1 hardcopy/extension letter

11-09-2019 - Biometrics letter

11-12-2019 - Biometrics done, early walk-in

11-22-2019 - Biometrics, original appointment

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4 hours ago, Scandi said:

"Effective Date:  The FY 2019/2020 fee review assumes these changes may affect the second year of the biennial period, as FY 2020 began on October 1, 2019."

 

What does that even mean? Most difficult and confusing sentence I have ever read since becoming an immigrant. 😆 Anyone that can explain it in easier words?

USCIS is required to conduct biennial reviews of the fees.  The biennial period of this review is FY 2019 and FY 2020.  My interpretation, therefore, is that the effective date mentioned on the review, will kick in between October 1st 2020 and September 30th 2021, if the proposal is approved.  

 


02/08/2019 90 days window opens for Removal of Conditions 

02/09/2019 ROC Package mailed to Lewisville Lockbox

02/14/2019 Received at Lockbox Facility - Received Date

02/19/2019 Text with receipt # EAC (VSC) - Credit card was charged - Notice Date

02/22/2019 I-797 Notice of Action Received (18-month extension) 😎

03/08/2019 I-797C - Notice Date (Biometrics)

03/16/2019 I-797C Notice of Action Received (ASC Biometrics Appointment)

03/26/2019 Date of Biometrics Appointment

10/21/2019 Transferred to Potomac Service Center

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55 minutes ago, NYCQueens2017 said:

USCIS is required to conduct biennial reviews of the fees.  The biennial period of this review is FY 2019 and FY 2020.  My interpretation, therefore, is that the effective date mentioned on the review, will kick in between October 1st 2020 and September 30th 2021, if the proposal is approved.  

 

Thank you! So better off applying for citizenship before then if possible, just in case. The proposed fee is a huge difference from the current.


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

 

ROC:

04-19-2019 - Earliest filing date

04-22-2019 - I-751 sent with USPS (AZ lockbox)

04-24-2019 - Delivered/Received date

04-30-2019 - Check cashed

04-30-2019 - NOA1 text/email (WAC)

05-03-2019 - NOA1 hardcopy/extension letter

11-09-2019 - Biometrics letter

11-12-2019 - Biometrics done, early walk-in

11-22-2019 - Biometrics, original appointment

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2 minutes ago, Scandi said:

Thank you! So better off applying for citizenship before then if possible, just in case. The proposed fee is a huge difference from the current.

I believe so.  That is, of course, if the applicant is eligible and wishes to apply for naturalization.  


02/08/2019 90 days window opens for Removal of Conditions 

02/09/2019 ROC Package mailed to Lewisville Lockbox

02/14/2019 Received at Lockbox Facility - Received Date

02/19/2019 Text with receipt # EAC (VSC) - Credit card was charged - Notice Date

02/22/2019 I-797 Notice of Action Received (18-month extension) 😎

03/08/2019 I-797C - Notice Date (Biometrics)

03/16/2019 I-797C Notice of Action Received (ASC Biometrics Appointment)

03/26/2019 Date of Biometrics Appointment

10/21/2019 Transferred to Potomac Service Center

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Dang...look at those (expected) increases in applications in just 3 years:

  • Almost double the # of I-131s (AP) and I-140s
  • ~50% increase in # of I-601A waivers
  • 4x the # of I-765 (EADs)
  • Overall, ~60% increase in total applications

As for how the fees would be used:

  • $208 million to be transferred to ICE (FY19/FY20)
  • $280 million for existing staff pay increases, benefits adjustments, etc. (for FY19, only $90mil in FY20)
  • $117mil/$129mil for new staff (FY19/FY20)
  • $157mil other costs (to support the above items, improved shipping security for green cards, etc.)

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent

12/14/16: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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already is a high budget paid by immigration fees (not under a federal budget)

 

51.67 billion USD (2020)

 
United States Department of Homeland Security/Annual budget
with border security getting the following
Since 2003, the budget of CBP has, which includes both the Border Patrol and operations at ports of entry, has more than doubled, rising from $5.9 billion in FY 2003 to $17.1 billion in FY 2019 (Figure 2).

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