The USCIS new rule regarding changes in filing fees was blocked by Federal Judge Jeffrey White. While the injunction is in place the old fee schedule must be followed.
The important fee changes for NIW/EB1A and OPR clients are as follows:
I-140 – The fee will remain at $700 and will not be reduced to $555
I-485 – The fee will remain at $1225 for adults which includes the $85 biometric fee, and includes no additional charge for the I-765 or I-131. The fee for children under 14, which was scheduled to increase to $1130 on October 2, will remain at $750 while the injunction is in place.
I-765 – Was set to be a separate fee of $550 on October 2, and was no longer going to be included with the I-485, this will not take effect while the injunction is in place.
I-131 – Was set to be a separate fee of $590, on October 2, and was no longer going to be included with the I-485, this will not take effect while the injunction is in place.
As with every injunction it is expected that the Federal Government will take the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and request that the injunction be lifted. While this may take a little time, there is a good chance that the injunction could be vacated by the Ninth Circuit in the near future.
For those who have an approved I-140 and a current priority or those needing an EAD/AP card soon, we strongly recommend filing the I-485 along with the I-765 and I-131 as soon as possible while the injunction is still in place.