PRESS RELEASE
February 27, 2007

Drastic Increase in Application Fees
for Filing Immigration Forms.
Act NOW.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been
asked by the Office of the President to re-evaluate its fee schedule in the
face of a budget decrease in the 2007 FY budget. As a result, and in order
to cover operational costs, there has been proposed an increase of
application fees for numerous immigration forms, including Permanent
Resident Status and for Adjustment of Status. The current fee of $325 for
filing I-485 is to be replaced by a fee of $905 per application -- nearly
three times as big!

According to the USCIS, the goal of the increase is to allow the office to
“strengthen the security and integrity of the immigration system, improve
customer service, and modernize business operations for the 21st century.”
Yet at the same time, USCIS claims the increase will help to recover
administrative costs and increase efficiency by 20%.

The proposed fee increase would create a situation where a family of four
applying together would spend, instead of $1300 as it is currently, close to
$4,000 in application fees with no guarantee of acceptance.

The increase has not been ratified yet, and through April 2, 2007
individuals may still contact USCIS and speak out against the drastic fee
increase. If you would like to make your opinion known and noted, please
see below and choose one of the options presented. Note, you do not have to
be a U.S. citizen to comment on the fee increase.

SPEAK OUT TODAY AND KEEP THIS INCREASE FROM BEING PASSED.

  • Federal eRulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov (a link is in the upper-right hand corner of that page), follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • By email: Send your comments to OSComments@dhs.gov, include docket number
    (USCIS-2006-0044) in the subject line of the message.
  • By Facsimile: Federal eRulemaking Portal at 866-466-5370.
  • By U.S. Mail: Director, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20529. To ensure proper handling, please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS-2006-0044 on your correspondence. This mailing address may also be used for paper, disk or CD-ROM submissions.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20529. Contact Telephone Number (202) 272-8377.
 
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