The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a final rule to get published in the Federal Register related to the adjustment of the fees which is required to be paid for most of the immigration applications and petitions. The revised fee structure will be in effect from 23rd December 2016 onward.
The fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits practically and solely funds the USCIS. The US law requires the USCIS to conduct reviews of the fee structure every second year to determine the funding levels required to manage the nation’s migration commandments, to process the benefit requests and to provide the infrastructure necessary for the sustenance of those activities.
For most of the applications and the petitions filed, the fee is being increased for the first time in last 6 years, by a weighted average of 21%. The hike in the fee is required to recover the entire cost of the facilities offered. These include the costs correlated with the fraud detection and the national safety, consumer service and the case processing, and providing services without charge to the refugee and the asylum applicants and to all other customers who are eligible for the fee waivers or exemptions.
The fee for the Form G-1055 will not be reflected until December 23rd. All the applications and the petitions stamped or filed on or after December 23rd should include the new fees else the USCIS will not accept them.
USCIS Director León Rodríguez said, “We are mindful of the effect fee increases have on many of the customers we serve. That’s why we decided against raising fees as recommended after the fiscal year 2012 and 2014 fee reviews. However, as an agency dependent upon users’ fees to operate, these changes are now necessary to ensure we can continue to serve our customers effectively. We will also offer a reduced filing fee for certain naturalization applicants with limited means.”