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From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
November 20, 2013

Subject: Update on the processing times of Form I-130s filed by U.S. citizens for their eligible immediate relatives

Dear Stakeholder,

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received communications from the public expressing concerns regarding extended processing times for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed by U.S. citizens for their eligible immediate relatives. USCIS provides information below in response to the concerns expressed.

USCIS is ever-mindful of the need to process a U.S. citizen’s immediate relative Form I-130 carefully and expeditiously. The need is defined by the immigration system’s goal of preserving family unity. It is for this fundamental reason that USCIS has been focused on addressing delays in the processing of these Forms I-130 for several months.

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From Immigration Attorney John Buda

On September 3, 2013, the Department of State implemented a transition to an online immigrant visa application.  This change will require immigrant visa applicants for Marriage and Fiance visas to apply online using a new form, DS-260. Applicants will also choose their agent online using form DS-261.  These forms replace the paper DS-230 and DS-3032. The DS-230 was originally used by the State Dept as the application for a Green Card, (US Permanent Residence) when the applicant was overseas and had to go through a Consular Interview.  It was also used for the frequently used Fiancé Visa.

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Nov
18

USCIS New Fee Schedule

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds customers
that its new fee schedule goes into effect Nov. 23, 2010.
Applications or petitions postmarked or otherwise filed on or after
this date must include the new fee, or they will be rejected.

I picked out some of the ones that are directly related to spouse
and fiance visas.

I-130    Petition for Alien Relative, From $355 to $420

I-485    Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status,
From $930 to $985

I-751    Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence, From $465  to
$505 (Add $85 biometric fee for a total of $590)

I-129F    Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), From $455  to  $340

Biometrics: Capturing, Processing, and Storing Biometric
Information, From $80 to $85

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In 2010, USCIS has been aggressive in making their system more efficient so that immigration forms can be processed faster.

September 17th, 2010, is the cut-off date for applications to be received at USCIS Service Centers.  Now they must be mailed to the appropriate lockbox facilities.

The new updated forms with mailing instructions are now available for the following forms:

  • I-129F
  • I-130
  • I-140
  • I-526
  • I-539
  • I-817

Always download your immigration forms and instructions directly from the USCIS website or call the USCIS Forms Line at 1-800-870-3676 to order by mail. Here is a direct link: http://www.uscis.gov/forms

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