USCIS Proposes Change in Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking public comment on a proposed federal rule that would adjust fees for immigration benefit applications and petitions.   The proposal, posted to the Federal Register today for public viewing, would increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent but would not increase the fee for the naturalization application.

The proposed fee structure would establish three new fees, including a fee for regional center designations under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, a fee for individuals seeking civil surgeon designation and a fee to recover USCIS’s cost of processing immigrant visas granted by the Department of State.  The proposed fee structure also reduces fees for certain individual applications and petitions as a result of lower processing costs.

Our office believes that fee increases should be followed by improvements in service.  As this has not occurred in the past following fee increases, we doubt it will happen now.  If anything, increasing fees in a slow economy will just result in few applications and revenues for the USCIS.

To view the proposed new filing fees, please click HERE.

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