On the official website, USCIS announced that it has adopted the latest rules for adjusting filing fees and will be applied from October 2, 2020, at the same time the country's fiscal year 2021 begins.
USCIS said the agency's funding is based on filing fees for immigration and citizenship applications, accounting for 97% of the budget and managed by the Immigration Examinations Fee Account.
At the request of the federal government, USCIS conducts a comprehensive fee review every 2 years. The agency determined that the current fee level is not enough to cover immigration and citizenship processing services. DHS (Department of Homeland Security) adjusted the fee for USCIS services in the direction of increasing 20% to help support operating costs. Because with the current fees, it is estimated that USCIS will have a shortage of about US $ 1 billion annually.
Mr. Joseph Edlow, Deputy Director of Policy at USCIS, said: “USCIS is required to check the revenues and expenditures and make adjustments based on an analysis of the actual situation. “This fee adjustment, although later than the federal biennial regulation, is necessary to effectively and equitably manage the country's immigration system, ensure domestic security and protect Americans. "
The most recent USCIS filing fee adjustment was in December 2016 with a 21% increase in fees, four years ago.
This new regulation explains the cost increases are to regulate immigration benefits claims, detect and prevent fraud, and thoroughly examine applicants, sponsors and people. Beneficiaries. USCIS also aims to pay employees' salaries, the cost of technology and activities to fulfill its duties. The new regulation also exempt/reduced a number of fees, including a new fee for asylum-seekers, and a reduced scholarship application fee to help pay for the processing of the application.
The new rule also encourages the online application by reducing the fee by 10 USD, applicable to candidates applying online under the system available by USCIS. Online filing is the safest, most effective, convenient and cheapest way to submit your application to USCIS.
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