In addition to the December 9th deadline for Congress to determine whether the EB-5 Regional Center program will continue, the USCIS will be increasing filing fees for EB-5 and other visa type applications and petitions on December 23, 2016.
No one likes to see price increases for anything or for any reason. However, the USCIS has held fees constant for six years, although it reviews them every two years. On average, fees will increase by 21 percent. Following is a brief list of fee changes that will go into effect on December 23rd.
|Form||Name||Current Fee||New Fee|
|I-526||Immigration Petition by Alien Entrepreneur||$1,500||$3,675|
|I-485||Application to Adjust Status||$985||$1,140|
|I-765||Application for Employment Authorization||$380||$410|
|I-90||Application to Replace Green Card||$365||$455|
|N-400||Application for Naturalization||$595||$640|
The new regulation further clarifies that persons filing any benefit request may be required to appear for biometrics services or an interview and may be required to pay the associated biometrics services fee