U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published a proposed rule that would significantly raise immigration filing fees.
The proposed increases would take effect later this year and would affect employment-based petitions and related applications for foreign nationals and family members.
Key proposed fee increases:
A full schedule of proposed fee changes may be viewed here.
Additional proposed changes:
Background: USCIS signaled increases in immigration fees in April when it submitted proposed rulemaking for review by the Office of Management and Budget, indicating that “the current fee schedule does not adequately recover the full costs of services provided by USCIS.” Immigration fees are subject to review every two years and were last raised in 2010.
The agency stated that if it does not adjust the current fees to recover the full costs of immigration services it would be forced to reduce services, reversing recent progress in reducing case backlogs.
BAL Analysis: USCIS will accept comments for a 60-day period ending July 5. After comments are received and reviewed, the agency will publish a final rule. Companies and individuals should plan for increased government filing fees for immigration-related petitions. Those interested in submitting comments may contact their BAL professional or submit comments directly to USCIS.
This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact BerryApplemanLeiden@bal.com.
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