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Another Court Strikes Down USCIS Fee Rule - "Wolf Acted Without Authority"
Posted on 9 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP v. USCIS "[T]he Court will GRANT Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. ... [and] because the Court concludes that Wolf acted without authority when he approved the Final Rule and later attempted to ratify that action and... Read More

Tags: fees , wolf , USCIS

Court Blocks USCIS Fee Hike
Posted on 30 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILRC v. Wolf "For the foregoing reasons, the Court GRANTS Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction and a stay of the effective date of the Final Rule. Accordingly, 1. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. section 705 the Court STAYS implementation... Read More

Tags: fees , USCIS

ABIL Files Amicus Brief in ILRC v. Wolf
Posted on 9 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Sept. 9, 2020 Angelo A. Paparelli , on behalf of ABIL , filed this amicus brief in ILRC v. Wolf. Angelo writes: "The brief attacks as unlawful under the Homeland Security Act any expenditures by USCIS from the Immigration Examinations Fee Account... Read More

Lawsuit: Rule Imposing High Fees on Immigrants Should Be Set Aside
Posted on 21 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Public Citizen, Aug. 21, 2020 "A new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule will unlawfully force immigrants seeking naturalization, asylum, employment authorization and humanitarian protections to pay high fees, according to a complaint... Read More

Tags: fees , lawsuit , DHS

Massive USCIS Fee Hike: Final Rule (Aug. 3, 2020)
Posted on 31 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 149 / Monday, August 3, 2020 "This final rule adjusts certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It also removes certain fee exemptions... Read More

Tags: fees , USCIS

USCIS Extends Comment Period for Fee Hike Proposal
Posted on 23 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/24/2020 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces the reopening and extension of the public comment period for the proposed rule titled “U.S. Citizenship... Read More

USCIS Rejiggers the Dollars to ICE Numbers
Posted on 8 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 236 / Monday, December 9, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the comment period for its November 14, 2019, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM or ‘‘proposed rule’’... Read More

Tags: fees , USCIS , ICE

USCIS Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
Posted on 14 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 220 / Thursday, November 14, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS... Read More

Tags: fees , USCIS

Pro Se Attorneys Ineligible for Fee Awards Under FOIA - Gahagan v. USCIS (CA5)
Posted on 27 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gahagan v. USCIS - "The question presented is whether attorneys appearing pro se can recover fees under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). The district court held no. We affirm." Read More

Tags: fees , FOIA , USCIS , pro se

ICE Proposes to Raise Student Visa Fees
Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to individuals and organizations. DHS proposes to raise the... Read More

USCIS Proposes to Raise Fees 21% (Will We See a 21% Improvement in Service?)
Posted on 3 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 86 / Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).... Read More

Judge Orders Hazleton to Pay $1.4M in Legal Fees, Costs - Lozano v. City of Hazleton
Posted on 7 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The city of Hazleton must pay nearly $1.4 million to civil rights attorneys who thwarted the city's immigration law in federal court, U.S. Judge James Munley ruled Tuesday . Munley of U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania... Read More

Tags: fees , Hazleton

Mexico Helps With DACA Fees
Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants... Read More

Associated Press Scoop: DHS 'Preliminary Documents' Reveal Deferred Action Costs
Posted on 25 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, [unauthorized] immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more... Read More

Houston Non-Profit Helps with DACA Fees
Posted on 20 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[C]andidates are required to dole out an application fee of $465. Aware of the financial challenge this poses, one Houston nonprofit, Protectors of the Dream, announced on Tuesday its intention to award grants to cover the application fee for 10... Read More