The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that it would extend the public comment period for its proposal to raise U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services fees.

Key Points:

  • DHS will accept comments through March 13, 2023. The previous deadline was March 6.
  • The comment period was extended because of a technical issue with the government’s rulemaking web portal,
  • DHS must review comments it receives before formulating a final rule on fee increases. Companies can gauge the impact of the proposed increases by using the BAL USCIS Fee Calculator here.

Background: In January, USCIS announced a proposal to raise fees for immigration benefit requests by a weighted average of 40 percent — and more for most high-skilled classifications. In addition, a new Asylum Program Fee surcharge of $600 would be imposed on key employment-based filings to pay for humanitarian programs. The proposal would impose significant costs on employers; however, the agency may make changes to its proposal. Higher fees will not be finalized or take effect for at least several months. BAL will provide updates as information becomes available.

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