Immigration Law

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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

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

Are High Naturalization Fees Pricing Out Would-Be Citizens?
Posted on 15 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" An investment in citizenship and reduction of naturalization fees will strengthen our democracy and will keep the United States economically competitive globally, a group of researchers and immigrant advocates said on a national media call today... Read More

USCIS Fee Changes Take Effect Dec. 23, 2016
Posted on 24 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 23, 2016 - "USCIS reminds applicants and petitioners to pay our new fees with forms postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23, 2016, or we will not be able to accept the filings. We will only accept previous fees if they are postmarked... Read More

Tags: fees , USCIS

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

State Department Proposed Rule: Passport Services Fee Changes
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 181 / Monday, September 19, 2016 - "The Department of State proposes an adjustment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (‘‘Schedule... Read More

Research Co. Owes Almost $300K for H-1B Benching, Illegal Fees: Care Worldwide
Posted on 18 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"ORDERED: 1. Complainants’ Motion For Summary Decision is GRANTED; 2. Respondents will pay Complainant Almonte $134,750 in back wages, plus pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, in accordance with 26 U.S.C. § 6621, less proper withholding;... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services
Posted on 1 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule adopts as final the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2010 (Public Notice 7068). Specifically, the rule made changes to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for a number of different fees... Read More

Tags: dos , fees , final rule

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program – Fees and Charges
Posted on 13 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Department of State (Department) is revising regulations to increase the Application Fee for Sponsor Designation or Redesignation and the Administrative Fee for Exchange Visitor (J-1 Visa Holder) Benefits assessed for providing Exchange... Read More

DOS Interim Final Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule amends the Schedule of Fees for consular services (Schedule) for nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, border crossing card application processing fees and immigrant visa application processing fees. ... This interim final rule... Read More

Tags: dos , fees

New Law Increases H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees: USCIS
Posted on 13 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 12, 2016 - "The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These petitioners must submit an additional fee... Read More