On Monday October 24, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule published in the Federal Register adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions including the EB-5 Program.
Under this final rule the fees will increase bu a weighted average of 21 percent and establish a new fee of $3,035 covering USCIS costs related to the processing of Form I-924A. The new fees will take effect December 23.
This marks the first time in six years that USCIS has increased fees. This increase is necessary to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. These include the costs associated with fraud detection and national security, customer service and case processing, and providing services without charge to refugee and asylum applicants and to other customers eligible for fee waivers or exemptions.
Changes in the new fee schedule can be found here.
USCIS to Host Stakeholder Engagement to Discuss Final Petition Fee Rule
USCIS also announced that it will host a stakeholder teleconference with Director Leon Rodriguez on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm (Eastern) to address the final rule.
During the session, Director Rodríguez will provide an overview of the final rule and answer questions. If you would like to submit questions in advance, please email them to Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov by Oct. 28.
To Register for the Engagement:
- Click on our registration page
- Enter your email address and select “Submit”
- Select “Subscriber Preferences”
- Select the “Event Registration” tab
- Provide your full name and organization, if any
- Complete the questions and select “Submit”