The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted to the Federal Register its proposed fee rule that would adjust fees for immigration benefit applications and petitions. The proposal would increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent.
The proposed fee structure would establish three new fees, including a fee for regional center designations under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, a fee for individuals seeking civil surgeon designation and a fee to recover USCIS’s cost of processing immigrant visas granted by the Department of State. The proposed fee structure also reduces fees for certain individual applications and petitions as a result of lower processing costs.
Members of the public are encouraged to submit formal comments on the proposed rule. It is available at www.regulations.gov. The comment period runs for 45 days, the public’s comments will inform and help shape the final rule.