Immigration Service Increases Filing Fees for Most Popular Programs: Paniotto Law

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LOS ANGELES, August 27, 2020 ( – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will raise its fees on several key applications for immigration and citizenship. According to major news reports, many of the key applications will see a hike in as much as several hundred dollars to apply. Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer Dmitry Paniotto is advising potential applicants to file their paperwork before the changes go into effect on Oct. 2. 

Specific application fee hikes were laid out in the final rule in the Federal Register issued by USCIS, under the Department of Homeland Security. 

According to USA Today, most of the fee waivers that were available to low-income immigrants seeking legal naturalization are being done away with along with the rate hikes. According to Paniotto, the best course of action that applicants can take is to file their paperwork before the date the rate hikes take place.

For two decades, Los Angeles Immigration Attorney Dmitry Paniotto has represented undocumented immigrants in immigration court and asylum proceedings.

Paniotto said that the most drastic filing fee increases will impact I-601 and I-601A applications filed by immediate relatives for their spouses and adult children who entered the U.S. illegally and require waivers of inadmissibility. Also, asylum applicants who never had to pay a fee before will now have to pay $50 fee to submit their application.

“There will be a significant fee increase for U visas, so if you have a U visa certification signed by the detectives already, file the U visa application before October 2020,” said Paniotto.

For more information on the changes to the fee schedule, please call Paniotto Law at (213) 534-6622 or visit To make a media inquiry, please call (213) 332-9255. 

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Source: Paniotto Law Firm