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The American Immigration Lawyers Association and several nonprofit organizations have filed a lawsuit to block a regulation that will significantly increase U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filing fees across the board.
Background: In addition to increasing asylum and naturalization application fees, the regulation significantly increases filing fees for employment-based applications, imposes different fees for each type of temporary work-visa application, expands applicability of the 9-11 response and biometric entry-exit fee, and lengthens the premium processing time frame from about two weeks (15 calendar days) to about three weeks (15 business days). View a summary of changes here.
The regulation also separates the current Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker into new forms for different visa categories. USCIS stated that it will post new and revised forms 30 days before the rule takes effect.
BAL Analysis: BAL is following the lawsuit and will report on significant developments, including the court’s decision on the request for an injunction.
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