As of February 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) began charging for a new $165 immigrant processing fee, applicable to those seeking permanent residence who receive an immigrant visa package from any U.S. consulate or embassy in a foreign country.
The USCIS stated that the new fee is necessary to cover the cost of producing and delivering permanent residence cards.
Applicants who obtain visa packages from U.S. facilities abroad will still have to pay the Department of State (“DOS”) application fee, in addition to the new fee.
The new fee must be paid online through the USCIS Website, and applicants must submit payments only after they receive their visa packages from DOS and before they depart for the U.S.
A limited number of immigrant visa cases are exempt from paying the new fee, including certain children who entered the U.S. under orphan adoption programs or Hague adoption programs, as well as special case Iraqi and Afghan immigrants, returning SB-1 residents, and certain K class visa holders.
For more information about the new fees, you can check out the applicable USCIS Web page.
If you are an individual in need of immigration assistance, do not hesitate to contact our office for an appointment to speak with an experienced and qualified immigration lawyer at (847) 564-0712. You can also check out our immigration law Website for more information on how we might assist you in a variety of ways.