We were really busy this past week trying to get our cases filed before the July 30th deadline. It’s funny that as the dead line was approaching last minute filers were calling our office and seeking last minute service. We took cases all through Thursday and were able to file the last cases by Friday night.
As were were rushing to file cases before the deadline, the big mystery was as to the correct deadline. Some lawyers were reading the rule as filed by Friday the 27th or pay the higher fees, others were reading the rule as postmarked. But what about private courier like Fedex, they do not postmark?
The answer came on Friday the 27th with a quick press release by USCIS, among other questions, the following was stated:
Does a receipt notice from a courier service or overnight mailing service constitute a “post-mark”?
Yes, the date the item is entered into the courier’s service system will be the postmark date for fee determination purposes.
We promptly printed the following press release and included with each and every single case sent out on Friday. What a crazy week, but we are feeling pretty good as all of our cases were filed on time.
Here is a link to the new fee schedule