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USCIS Introduces New Fee Schedule
USCIS has published the final rule on their services fee schedule, the notice is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2016-25328. This rule is effective December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fee.
The new rule establishes a three-level fee for Application for Naturalization, Form N–400.
- First, DHS will increase the standard fee for Form N–400 from $595 to $640.
- Second, DHS will continue to charge no fee to applicants who meet the requirements of sections 328 or 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA) with respect to military service and applicants with approved fee waivers.
- Third, DHS will charge a reduced fee of $320 for naturalization applicants with family income greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Below, please find a copy of the table of changes for common applications:
Current Filing Fee
NEW Filing Fee
|I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)||
I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
|I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status||
|N-400, Application for Naturalization||
N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship
|I-131, Application for Travel Document||
|I-765, Application for Employment Authorization||
|I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence||
Legal Resources and Referrals
|NAME||CONTACT INFORMATION||SERVICE AREAS|
|National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)||
208 S. LaSalle St.,Suite 2000
|Low-to-moderate income immigrants; immigration matters such as Visa processing, naturalization, deportation defense, asylum; intake by appointment only, Mondays, Wednesdays, and first Saturday of the month|
|Centro Romero||6216 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60660
|Immigration assistance to Latino immigrants; walk-ins accepted|
|Chicago Legal Clinic||2938 E. 91st St.
Chicago, IL 60617
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.clclaw.org
|Bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, domestic violence, landlord/tenant matters, tort defense, contract law, wills, immigration|
|Chicago Volunteer Legal Services||100 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.cvls.org
|Civil cases, general practice (low income), bankruptcies, divorce, guardianship, adoption, tort defense, collection defense, landlord/tenant|
|Community Economic Development Law Project||188 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.cedlp.org
|Non-profit community-based organizations focused on housing and economic development, and individuals pursuing small business development with the goal of economic self-sufficiency|
|Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS)||910 W. Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60607
Hotline: 312-738-9200 (English); 312-421-4478 (Español)
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.carpls.org
|Family law, consumer fraud, landlord/tenant matters, bankruptcy, debt collection cases, garnishments, contract law, housing discrimination, disability law, Medicare/Medicaid cases, elder law, veterans’ matters; intake via hotline 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with hours extended on Wednesday until 7:30 p.m.|
|DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service||126 S. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: users.anet.com
|Family law, appellate advocacy, bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, wills, not-for-profit corporate advice for charities serving low-income persons, tort defense, collection defense, criminal misdemeanor, Social Security cases; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday|
|Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Inc.||220 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60604
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.lcbh.org
|Landlord/tenant matters, unsafe housing, evictions, lockouts, utility shutoffs; potential cases reviewed twice weekly|
|Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services||14 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.metrofamily.org
|Family law services ranging from advice to full litigation; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday|
|Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago||111 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.lafchicago.org
|Family law, public aid matters, Social Security, migrant issues, domestic violence|
|Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy||20 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312-408-1210
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.life-span.org
|Domestic violence cases (Cook County), divorce, orders of protection, custody cases; intake by phone 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; no walk-ins accepted|
|Pro Bono Advocates||28 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60602
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.probonoadvocates.org
|Domestic violence cases/civil orders of protection for low-income residents of Cook County; walk-ins accepted from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday|
|Uptown Peoples Law Center||4404 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
|Public aid, disability law, evictions|
|Will County Legal Assistance Program||5 E. Van Buren St.
Joliet, IL 60432
|Civil legal services to low-income and indigent residents of Will County; intake via telephone|