USCIS Proposes Increase Fees and Other Changes to Fee Structures

USCIS has announced that it is publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking to adjust its fee schedules by a weighted average increase of 21%.  According to the USCIS, current fees would leave the agency underfunded by approximately $1.3 billion per year.  However, USCIS has not offered evidence that this increase will lead to an improvement in the agency’s immigration benefit services.  Moreover, the proposed fee hikes, coupled with the elimination of vital fee waivers, would price many individuals and families out of our legal immigration system. 

Details: USCIS announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-proposes-adjust-fees-meet-operational-needs; Proposed fee schedule: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/14/2019-24366/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-fee-schedule-and-changes-to-certain-other-immigration