In this blog post, we give you an update on the status of the proposed rule increasing the filing fees for certain applications and petitions filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
As you may remember, on January 4, 2023, USCIS published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register proposing an increase in the filing fees of many types of applications, including but not limited to, the I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, N-400 Application for Naturalization, I-129F petition for alien fiancé(e), Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence, Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker for H, L, and O classifications, Form I-526 Immigrant Petition for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, among many others.
The proposed rule also sought to do the following:
- Incorporate biometrics costs into the main benefit fee and remove the separate biometric services fee
- Require separate filing fees for Form I-485 and associated Form I-131 and Form I-765 filings
- Establish separate fees for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, by nonimmigrant classification.
- Revise the premium processing timeframe interpretation from 15 calendar days to 15 business days
- Create lower fees for certain immigration forms filed online.
Under the Administrative Procedure Act, before the government can implement a proposed rule they must abide by a mandatory notice-and-comment rule-making process. This includes offering a public comment period of at least 60 days from the date of the NPRM’s publication in the Federal Register.
Previously, the proposed rule’s 60-day public comment period was scheduled to close on March 5, 2023, however the government recently announced that technical issues on the Federal Register’s eRulemaking Portal have prevented the public from submitting comments and uploading supporting documentation to the portal.
As a result, the government is extending the public comment period to March 13, 2023.
Once the comment period has closed, USCIS will be reviewing the public comments and will take them into consideration when publishing the final rule in the Federal Register.
Please note that the fee increases will not be implemented until the public comment period has closed and the final rule has been published in the Federal Register.
Once the agency publishes the final rule, generally the rule will be effective within thirty days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.
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