I-601A Provisional Waiver Fees to Increase October 2, 2020


UPDATE: On September 29, 2020, a US District Court Judge issued an order stopping the new fee increases from going into effect.

As previously described, USCIS published a new fee rule which increases prices for many common forms and benefit types. Not all prices are going up – USCIS states that fees will increase by 20% overall – but it turns out that fees are decreasing mostly for uncommon application types and increasing for the most common and important benefits.

In particular, the fees for a provisional unlawful presence waiver will increase from $715 ($630 + $85 required biometrics fee) to $960. That’s an increase of 52% for the I-601A form. This fee increase begins on October 2, 2020, and forms filed between now and that date will still only require the $715 filing fee.

Note that the final fee rule has not been implemented, and fee changes are unpredictable because they may or may not include the biometrics fees. Official information will be provided at the USCIS website. Check the USCIS fee calculator as well.

Despite the pandemic, USCIS is still accepting new applications. It is now starting to schedule biometrics appointments for fingerprints, which are often essential for processing an application, and slowly starting to schedule in-person interviews.