USCIS has announced a United States immigration fee increase of approximately 10% on most US immigration petition types except for naturalization (US citizenship), which will take effect on November 23, 2010. Fees for USCIS Premium Processing have also been increased from $1,000 to $1,225 per petition.
Some fees, including those for Fiance(e) Petitions (I-129F) and the Petition/Extension of Nonimmigrant Status (I-539), have been reduced. The USCIS filing fee for naturalization will remain the same.
USCIS is a primarily fee-based agency, with about 90% ($2.4 billion) of its FY-2011 budget ($2.8 billion) coming from fees paid by applicants and petitioners for United States immigration benefits. USCIS’s fee revenue in FYs 2008 and 2009 was much lower than projected, and fee revenue in FY-2010 is also low. Congressional appropriations and budget cuts of approximately $160 million have not bridged the remaining gap between the agency’s costs and its anticipated annual revenue. Therefore, USCIS has decided to institute an immigration fee increase in 2010.
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