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USCIS Proposes New Fees: Have Your Say During the Comment Period

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: March 6, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Proposes New Fees.

  • USCIS recently published a proposal to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees.
  • This proposal aims to help USCIS recover its total operating costs, maintain timely case processing, and prevent future case backlogs.
  • The proposed fees, according to USCIS, are necessary due to the expansion of humanitarian programs, federally mandated pay raises, additional staffing requirements, and other essential investments.
  • USCIS relies on filing fees for 96% of its funding, not congressional appropriations.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic reduced the receipt of new applications and USCIS’s ability to adjudicate cases timely.

Proposed Changes to Immigration Filing Fees

  • Some fees will increase, including naturalization applications.
  • Low-income and vulnerable populations will still be eligible for fee waivers.
  • New fee exemptions will be added for certain humanitarian programs.

New Measures Proposed by USCIS

  • Biometrics costs will be incorporated into the main benefit fee.
  • The separate biometric services fee will be removed.
  • Separate fees will be established for each nonimmigrant classification covered by Form I-129.
  • The premium processing timeframe will change from 15 calendar days to 15 business days.
  • Lower fees will be instituted for certain forms filed online.

Impact of Proposed Fees Adjustments

  • The projected revenue will allow USCIS to increase the number of adjudicators, implement technology improvements, and provide better support to individuals seeking information and assistance.
  • The proposed fees aim to improve customer service operations and manage the incoming workload while upholding fairness, integrity, and respect.
  • The proposed fees will also support the Administration’s effort to rebuild the legal immigration system.

Public Comment Period

  • The public comment period started on January 4th and will end on March 13th.
  • Submit your comments to help shape the final fee schedule.

Get Involved and Make Your Voice Heard

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