On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to adjust the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigration Examination Fee Account fee schedule. This proposed regulation would dramatically increase the filing fees and impose new filing and fee requirements for many types of immigration benefits. More specifically, the proposed regulation will require higher fees and new forms, as well as additional border security fee payment for the I-129 H-1B and L-1 classifications; new fee structure for I-485 adjustment of status applications and its supplemental benefits; and an 83% increase for the N-400 naturalization filing fee, to name a few. See chart below of the proposed fee changes to some of the most common and widely applied immigration applications and petitions.
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. It will also allocate over $200 million to ICE operations which include ICE immigration benefit fraud investigations and enforcement. Click here for full article.
If you or anyone you know is eligible to apply for any of these immigration benefits, you should consider filing your applications right now before the proposed changes take effect. Our office will be glad to help you!