NEWS RELEASE: USCIS Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Adjust Fees for Immigration Benefits

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is seeking public comment on a proposed federal rule that would adjust most fees by 10% for immigration benefit applications and petitions.

USCIS is a fee-based organization with about 90% of its budget coming from fees paid by applicants and petitioners to obtain immigration benefits. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews every two years to determine whether its costs to administer the nation’s immigration laws, process application, and provide the infrastructure needed to support those activities. A fee adjustment, as detailed in the proposed rule, is necessary to ensure that the USCIS recovers the cost of their operations while also meeting the application processing goals identified in the 2007 fee rule.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments and/or suggestions to USCIS.

Comments may be submitted through regulations.gov. The comment period runs for 45 days, beginning June 11, 2010 and ending July 26, 2010.

Proposal to Adjust Fees for Immigration Benefits: Questions and Answers

Proposal to Adjust Fees for Immigration Benefits: Fact Sheet

Current and Proposed Immigration Fees can be found on the Fact Sheet provided above.

***All information has been taken from USCIS.GOV