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Recent USCIS Fee Adjustments to Meet Operational Needs

Recent USCIS Fee Adjustments to Meet Operational Needs

On July 31, 2020, USCIS announced fee adjustments for certain immigration and naturalization filing fees. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a governmental agency that is fully fee-funded, conducted a comprehensive fee review, and “determined that current fees do not recover the cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services. DHS is adjusting USCIS fees by a weighted average increase of 20% to help recover its operational costs. Current fees would leave the agency underfunded by about $1 billion per year.”

Certain other reasons for the fee increases are noted as follows:

  • Increased costs to adjudicate immigration benefit requests;
  • Detect and deter immigration fraud; and,
  • Thoroughly vet applicants, petitioners, and beneficiaries.

The last time USCIS adjusted its fee structure was in December 2016, with an average increase of 20%. This rule and fee adjustment will be effective October 02, 2020, and will be applicable to any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date. For a list of fees for all applications and petitions, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/forms/filing-fees.

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