We recently found out that as of October 3, the fees for certain applications (including residence and citizenship) will go up an average of 20%, as much as $500 or more in some cases. This includes citizenship and residence applications. 

This rule comes as a result of a 2-year study, in which USCIS determined they were not charging enough to cover their operational expenses, therefore operating at a financial loss. As a result some exemptions will be waived (meaning you will have to pay for fees you wouldn’t have had to pay before), and prices will go up an average 20%, with some such as nationalization going up a lot more.

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If you were considering applying for citizenship or residence, do it before the price change comes into effect -  not only will fees go up, but fingerprinting and work permits will start to require a fee too. Act now before prices go up.

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Michael Brooks-Jimenez

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Michael is President and managing attorney of Michael Brooks-Jimenez, P.C., firm specializing in immigration law, criminal defense, workers’ compensation, and personal injury. He is well known within the community and his commitment to the interests of the Hispanics is without question. Today, Michael Brooks-Jimenez has founded a prestigious legal services team with the objective to continue fighting for the rights of Hispanics and to help them more efficiently.