- A judge gives a new setback to USCIS for wanting to apply an increase in the rates of its immigration services
- The Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed new fees for their immigration procedures, which in some cases reached up to 500% more.
- He is the second federal judge to make this decision
A judge deals a new setback to USCIS for wanting to apply an increase in the rates of its immigration services.
The Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed new fees for their immigration procedures, which in some cases reached up to 500% more.
Faced with this situation, Randolph Moss, a federal District Judge in Washington, DC, ruled in favor of a lawsuit that prevents USCIS from raising its prices.
He is the second judge to make this decision. The first was Jeffrey White, a federal judge in California, in late September.
On this occasion, Judge Moss considered that the agency perhaps did not measure the impact that increasing prices would have on accessibility and the demand of low-income people on the various immigration services. The opinion.
New setback for USCIS for wanting to increase its rates
After White issued the ruling in California, USCIS spoke about the financial complications it represents for the agency, adding that they will not increase their prices for now.
“This unfortunate decision leaves USCIS underfunded in millions of dollars … Unlike most government agencies, USCIS is funded through fees,” he explained.
“As required by federal law, USCIS conducted a comprehensive biennial rate review and determined that the current rates do not recover the cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services,” the statement read.
USCIS, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), wanted to increase its fees for naturalization, asylum petitions, green card applications and DACA.