New Immigration Fees from USCIS, starting February 1, 2013
On February 1, 2013, the USCIS will implement a completely new immigration fees of $165.00 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the United States. This immigration fees will apply to all foreign nationals who are applying for “Green Cards” from foreign countries. Prospective adoptive parents whose children will enter the United States under the Orphan or Hague processes are exempt from the new immigration fees.
The USCIS says,
“New fee allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Department of State abroad”. The USCIS further says, “This includes staff time to handle, file and maintain the immigrant visa package, and the cost of producing and delivering the permanent resident card.”
The USCIS says it has worked closely with the Department of State (DOS) to implement the new immigration fees.
The USCIS will allow applicants to pay online through the USCIS website after they receive their visa package from the Department of State, before they depart for the United States. Applicants will be advised directly from the Embassy or Consulate how to submit payment when they attend their consular interview.
The USCIS figures it processes approximately 36,000 immigrant visa packages each month from around the globe.
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