USCIS increases fee structure; petitions and applications now cost more

USCIS is funded almost entirely by fees.

The fees of various immigrant and non-immigrant petitions and applications have increased after the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased the fee structure on 23, December 2016.

The new fee structure that was proposed on May 4, 2016, was subsequently adopted as final on Oct. 24, 2016.

USCIC has not made changes to its fee structure since November 2010. The fee structure will come to effect for all new applications. All new applications filed starting from 23rd of December should follow the new fee structure or the application will be rejected by USICS.

A statement released by USICS reads “applicants and petitioners to pay our new fees with forms postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23, 2016, or we will not be able to accept the filings. We will only accept previous fees if they are postmarked Dec. 22 or earlier.”

It also says starting from Dec. 23 no applicant will get a 14-day grace period to correct a failed fee payment.

“USCIS will immediately reject a benefit request for nonpayment. We will also no longer hold benefit requests submitted without the correct biometric services fees. You must pay biometric services fees, if applicable, at the time of filing. We will reject a benefit request if it is received without the correct biometric services fee, as specified in the form instructions,” adds the statement released by USCIS.

In a move to help the low-income naturalization applicants who do not qualify for a fee waiver, the USCIS has reduced their fee.

The statement also says that the USCIS gets a large portion of the fund from the amounts collected through the fee levied from the immigration applicants. It also said that the amount collected from the increased fee will be used for detecting fraud, processing cases and a range of other administrative costs.

By AB Wire for THE AMERICAN BAZAAR
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