US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued the final rule regarding the fee increase that was proposed earlier this year (see prior blog post here.)
Fees for most petitions and applications will increase by 21%. However, some filing fees have increased by much more. For example, an EB-5 petition increases to $3675 (from $1500) and some waiver applications increase from $585 to $930.
For a complete list of the changes, with the most common applications highlighted in yellow, see here.
The new fees take effect for all petitions received by USCIS on or after December 23, 2016. This is the first fee increase since November 2010.
Federal Register Rule
US Department of State has published the Visa Bulletin for November 2016. Most family-based categories advanced a few weeks from the October 2016 dates, but Mexico mainly advanced by just a few days
In the employment-based categories, the biggest changes were India 2nd preference advancing by almost 10 months, to November 1, 2007 (yes, that is still a nine-year wait for green cards for these highly-skilled professional workers).
Religious workers and some EB-5 investors saw their categories change from "Unavailable" in October to "Current" in November, which is good news.
DOS Visa Bulletins
Priority Date Checker Tool
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.