USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs

July 31, 2020

What Happened?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that will adjust the fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. DHS says these fee increases will help U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recover the costs of their services. 

As a fee-funded agency, USCIS has warned it will face a budget shortfall.  

This final rule is effective Oct. 2, 2020. 

How Much Are Fees Increasing?

USCIS says it is adjusting fees by a weighted average increase of 20%, but the final rule provides a detailed breakdown of these increases. There is significant variance in fee changes across different petition types. For a complete list of fee changes, please view the final rule here

Who Does This Impact? 

This announcement takes effect for U.S. immigration petitions filed on or after Oct. 2, 2020.   

To ensure no delays, the last day to file with current USCIS fees will be Sept. 30, 2020.

How Are Envoy Global and GIA Responding? 

USCIS fees will be updated in the Envoy App to reflect the changes for petitions filed on or after Oct. 2, 2020.  

What Do I Need To Do Next? 

Clients with specific questions about the newly adjusted fees should reach out via the Envoy Communication Center.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Announcement 

Q: Will cases currently in progress be impacted by the fee increases? 
A: There is no impact on cases if they are filed before October 1, 2020. Global Immigration Associates, Envoy’s affiliated law firm, has advised that employers file their foreign national employees’ cases by September 30, 2020 to help ensure no delays.   

Q: Can case processes be expedited in order to avoid fee increases? 
A: To avoid incurring the increased filing fees, employers should work with their immigration legal team to complete and send cases out as soon as possible. 

Q: What is the exact change in USCIS fees across different petition types? 
A: There is significant variance in fee changes across different petition types. Full details on all USCIS petition fee changes can be found here. Clients are encouraged to post further questions in the Envoy Communication Center. 

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Sara Herbek, who is the Managing Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.  

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional. 

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