U.S. Immigration Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposes increasing filing fees for many immigration services, with significant increases for many employment-based petitions. On January 3, 2023, USCIS proposed increased fees for some naturalization and immigration services. USCIS’s current green card fee has not changed since 2016 and falls far short of recovering the full cost of agency operations. In announcing the fee increase, USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou said:
“In addition to improving customer service operations and managing the incoming workload, USCIS must continue to fulfill our growing humanitarian mission, upholding fairness, integrity and respect for all we serve. This proposed rule allows USCIS to more fully recover operating costs for the first time in six years and will support the administration’s effort to rebuild the legal immigration system.”
The legally required 60-day public comment period began January 4 and will continue through March 6, 2023. If approved, these fees could go into effect as early as May 2023.
Proposed Family-Based Fee Increases
Proposed Employment-Based Fee Increases
The proposed fee change includes other USCIS immigration processing changes:
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