USCIS Fee Increases Coming


The New York Times reports on May 17, 2020, that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is asking Congress for emergency funding. The agency plans to recover those funds with a 10% fee surcharge on immigration applications. At this time, it is unclear how soon those fee increases might take effect or whether they will be applied to all cases or to a limited subset.

Additionally, USCIS is still considering proposed fee increases that could take effect sometime this year. There is no firm date for implementation of the fee increases, and USCIS will likely post a public notice in advance of the change. To avoid fee increases, applicants should file as soon as possible. USCIS is still processing applications even if the offices are generally closed, and once an application has been accepted the fees do not change.