Chicago Law Office of Christine Contreras

February 2024 Newsletter

Upcoming Increases in Filing Fees

Please remember that a number of USCIS filing fee increases are going into effect on April 1, 2024. If you have a pending application or have been meaning to file, please reach out as soon as possible so we can try to resolve your cases before fees go up.

USCIS Reduces Application Backlog

This month, USCIS released data revealing that it processed over 10 million cases and reduced its backlog by 15% in 2023 — surprising numbers that are welcomed by all who desire prompt resolution of their own case.

Use of the newly available online tools for things like scheduling biometrics appointments or filing for a change of address almost certainly has helped USCIS handle cases more promptly. If you have any questions on what services are available online, or how to use them, reach out to us for more info!

Potential Exceptions for Late Filings

In other news, USCIS announced an update to its Policy Manual that it may, under certain conditions, excuse a nonimmigrant’s failure to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or petitioner. The named circumstances involve things like labor strikes/disputes, or effects resulting from a government shutdown.

As always, stay tuned to our newsletter and blog for the latest in immigration news and policy. And if you have questions about your case, get in touch with us!