US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed fee increase yesterday. The increases are still under discussion and USCIS will accept public comments until July 5, 2016. This is the first fee increase since 2010 and CIS proposes an average increase of 21%
USCIS notes that "... current fees do not recover the full costs of the services it provides. Adjustment to the fee schedule is necessary to fully recover costs for USCIS services and to maintain adequate service."
DHS proposes to increase USCIS fees by a weighted average of 21%. Some fees (e.g. for a Waiver of Inadmissibility) would increase by a massive 258%. A full list of the proposed changes is below, with some of the most commonly-used forms highlighted in yellow.
To submit a comment on the fees, click here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/04/2016-10297/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-fee-schedule#open-comment.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an alert reminding customers of a recent fee increase. The increase affects some H-1B and L-1 petitions, and took effect on December 18, 2015.
The fees affect employer petitioners with 50 or more employees in the United States, when over 50% of those employees are in H-1B or L nonimmigrant status. Affected H-1B petitioners must now pay $4000 (up from $2000) and L-1 employers pay $4,500 (up from $2250). This means that some H-1B petitions could have a combined total of $7,550 in filing fees if Premium Processing is used.
USCIS has advised that it is revising the Form I-129 to reflect the changes. Petitioners who file before the new forms are released may get a Request for Evidence from USCIS to determine whether the new fee applies.
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.