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CAIR-SFBA Today Welcomed a Court Decision to Halt USCIS Fee Increases

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 10/1/2020) – The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today welcomed a court decision to halt the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) impending fee increases. 

On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California stopped the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from raising its fees as intended starting October 2 in IMMIGRANT LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER, et al., Plaintiffs, v. CHAD F. WOLF, et al., filed by Immigration Legal Resource Center and others. With this preliminary injunction, the current fees remain in effect until the court makes a final decision. 

SEE: Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction https://www.dropbox.com/s/owywmp4xf1vq47s/Order%20Granting%20Motion%20for%20Preliminary%20Injunction.pdf?dl=0

CAIR-SFBA hosted a virtual citizenship drive throughout September in anticipation of the fee increase. Immigration lawyers provided free legal assistance to dozens of individuals in their then urgent applications during that time and continues to assist eligible applicants. 

SEE: CAIR-SFBA Hosts Citizenship Drive Before USCIS Fees Increase Dramatically

Amir Naim, Immigrants Rights’ Attorney at CAIR-SFBA said in a statement: 

“We welcome the court’s decision to halt the fee increase and elimination of the fee waiver, and we encourage individuals to take advantage of this decision and continue to apply for citizenship or other immigration benefits for which they are eligible.” 

CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-SFBACommunications Coordinator Zoha Raza, 408.418.6902, zraza@cair.com 

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