USCIS Temporarily Prohibited from increasing fees on October 2, 2020

USCIS Temporarily Prohibited from increasing fees on October 2, 2020

On September 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for Northern California issued a temporary injunction and stay on implementation of the 2020 USCIS final fee rule.  The ruling temporarily prevents U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from charging new fee rates and requiring some new application form versions that were supposed to go into effect on October 2, 2020.   

A copy of the court’s order is available here

Therefore, individuals filing new applications with USCIS will continue to file using the “old” fees and the most current form versions available on the USCIS website

A link to the USCIS Final Fee Rule, published on July 31, 2020, that has been temporarily halted, is available here.

For MIT international students, links to the USCIS forms are available on the ISO website related to the appropriate application, including F-1 Optional Practical Training, F-1 STEM OPT Extension, and J-2 work permission. Please see the following links on the MIT International Students Office website.  Please contact your ISO Advisor if any questions arise.

For MIT international scholars, please see the announcement and guidance posted on the MIT International Scholars website.  Please contact your ISchO Advisor if any questions arise. 

The ISO and ISchO will post and updates to the MIT community on their office websites, by email, and to the Major Immigration Alerts and Updates webpage.