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USCIS Fee Increases

USCIS Filing Fees Increase

USCIS Announces Increases in Filing Fees USCIS has announced increases in the filing fees for many immigration benefits.  It also announced a new reduced filing fee for Naturalization.  The fee schedule will raise the fee amount for 40 different USCIS forms, effective December 23, 2016.  The average increase in fees is $476.  However, this figure is skewed by substantial increases in fees for the EB-5 Investor Visa program.  Not counting those increases, the average increase is $205 and the average percentage

Deportation Impact on Housing Market

Mass Deportations Have Had a Big impact on the U.S. Housing Market, Study Shows Interesting article on the impact of deportations on the U.S. housing market by TheUpshot, a division of the New York Times.  TheUpshot reported on new research regarding the relationship between deportations and home foreclosures.  The article reports that the dramatic increase in deportations of undocumented immigrants over the last decade exacerbated home foreclosures. In “Counties that collaborated with ICE in what became a large-scale deportation sweep experienced a