Earlier this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed substantial increases to immigration filing fees. BAL recently launched a free online tool to help companies gauge the potential impact to their budgets and immigration programs.

Key Points:

  • The BAL USCIS Fee Calculator allows users to enter the number of petitions they intend to file in different categories in order to estimate the financial impact of the proposed increases. The Fee Calculator is available here.
  • While the proposed USCIS fee increases would impose significant costs on employers, they will not take effect for at least several months, and the agency may make changes to the proposal before the new fee rates are finalized.
  • USCIS is accepting comments on the proposed increases through March 6, 2023. The agency must review the comments before formulating a final rule.
  • A USCIS FAQ on the proposed fee increases is available here.

Additional Information: BAL is holding a webinar on the proposed fee increases at 1 p.m. ET this Thursday, Jan. 26. BAL’s legal and government strategy teams will discuss the fee proposal structure and timeline, assess the impact to immigration programs and provide information on how stakeholders can participate in the regulatory process. Registration is available here.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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