(US) USCIS Extends Comments on USCIS Proposed Rate Increase To February 10, 2020. #Records Access # USCIS
Jan Meisels Allen
On November 15 the IAJGS Records Access Alert posted about the outrageous USCIS Proposed Fee Increases. IAJGS Records Access Alert also posted about an extension for comments on December 6 to December 30. On January 24 the USCIS proposed a reopening of the deadline to :
February 10, 2020.
The other changes do no effect the genealogy program. This supplemental information describes the projected costs associated with supporting immigration adjudication and naturalization services for which USCIS will reimburse U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The issue for genealogists is: The current proposal of raising the search fee from $65 to $240 and then the cost of the actual file from $65 to $385 means your charges will increase from $130 to $625. This would equate to a 492% increase in fees
To read the proposed rule extension see: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/24/2020-01189/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-fee-schedule-and-changes-to-certain-other-immigration
To read the proposed rule itself see: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-14/pdf/2019-24366.pdf
The Genealogy section is Section N which starts on page 62315-62316.
See Section 103.40 for Genealogical Research Requests on page 62359. Instructions: All submissions received must include DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010. Providing comments is entirely voluntary. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information that you provide. Because the information you submit will be publicly available, you should consider limiting the amount of personal information in your submission
You must submit comments, identified as DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010, through one of the following methods:
Comments submitted in a manner other than those listed above, including emails or letters sent to DHS or USCIS officials, will not be considered comments on the proposed rule. Please note that DHS and USCIS cannot accept any comments that are hand delivered or couriered. In addition, USCIS cannot accept mailed comments contained on any form of digital media storage devices, such as CDs/DVDs and USB drives.
Remember to view the Records not Revenues Coalition website https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/ for more information and the portal where you may send in comments and links for you to contact your US Senators and Representatives. The website is not yet updated with the latest extension but it will be soon and the information about the outrageous fee increases are correct. The website at time of this post shows he first deadline extension but as the Federal Register of January 24 shows the deadline is extended again to February 10. Even if you submitted a statement the first time do so again. USIS is required to reply to EACH comment they receive
To see previous postings about the USCIS and the proposed fee increases, go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/. You must be registered to access the archives. To register go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization with whom you are affiliated You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee