Is it true that USCIS will
increase immigration and visa application fees very soon?
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a proposed rule to increase
filing fees for most types of applications and petitions. It would also
add a number of new fees and change certain other immigration benefit
The Department of Homeland Security will publish a notice of proposed
rulemaking in the Federal Register to adjust the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services Immigration Examinations Fee Account fee schedule.
Unlike most government agencies, USCIS is fee-funded. Federal law
requires USCIS to conduct biennial fee reviews and recommend necessary
fee adjustments to ensure recovery of the full cost of administering
the nation’s immigration laws, adjudicating applications and
petitions, and providing the necessary infrastructure to support those
The rule proposes adjusting USCIS fee schedules by a weighted average
increase of 21% to ensure full cost recovery. Current fees would leave
the agency underfunded by approximately $1.3 billion per year. The
proposed fee rule accounts for increased costs to adjudicate
immigration benefit requests, detect and deter immigration fraud, and
thoroughly vet applicants, petitioners, and beneficiaries.
USCIS last updated its fee structure in FY 2017, by a weighted average
increase of 21%.