USCIS Announces Fee Increases for Immigration and Naturalization Applications Starting April

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is set to implement fee increases for various immigration and naturalization requests beginning April 1. The adjustments will apply to benefit requests postmarked on or after this date and will impact processes related to employment-based visas, work authorizations, permanent resident registrations, and naturalization applications.

USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou emphasized the significance of this fee update, marking the first comprehensive adjustment in over seven years. The agency aims to better address its needs and enhance its capacity to deliver more timely decisions to applicants. Notably, certain fees, such as those for the replacement of existing permanent resident cards, will experience a decrease under the new fee structure.

To promote efficiency and accessibility, USCIS introduces a standard $50 discount for online applications. Additionally, specific reductions in fees are applicable, including those for Employment Authorization Document applications for individuals adjusting their status or those under the age of 14 in certain circumstances.

While this marks the first overall filing fee adjustment since December 2016, USCIS has previously announced increases for specific processing fees. In December, the agency disclosed an upcoming filing fee increase for Form I-907 to Request Premium Processing, adjusting for inflation. The adjusted premium processing fees, effective from February 26, aim to contribute to enhancing customer experience and addressing backlog challenges.

Source: new nation now