January 3, 2023. USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced a proposed rule to modify certain immigration and naturalization fees.
USCIS is a government agency that oversees legal immigration to the United States. The agency has proposed an increase in fees for a variety of immigration-related services, including applications for citizenship, green cards, and work visas. The proposed fee increases are intended to help fund the agency’s operations and improve its ability to process applications more efficiently.
Under the proposed fee schedule, the cost of applying for citizenship, known as naturalization, would increase by 80%, from $725 to $1,170. The fee for a green card application, or permanent residence, would increase by 21%, from $1,760 to $2,170. The cost of certain work visa applications would also increase, including an 80% increase for the H-1B visa, which is popular among high-skilled workers in technology and other industries.
It’s worth noting that the proposed fee increases are still under review and have not yet been approved. Before becoming final, the proposal will be open for public comment and may be subject to change. It’s also worth mentioning that these proposed changes if approved would be the first increase in fees in more than a decade, while the cost of living and inflation have significantly risen.
It’s also important to notice that these fees are not small change and could affect many people who depend on the services provided by USCIS for their legal immigration process, specially to low-income communities who may find it hard to pay such high fees and could make their legal immigration process impossible.
On example of individuals who will be affected are persons renewing their green cards using form I-90. Therefore, if you need to renew your card, you should do so immediately. We provide a guide here how to file the form I-90 by mail.
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