US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 on the 1st of February 2013 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the United States. This was established in USCIS' final rule regarding the fees adjustments for immigration applications and petitions that was announced on September 24, 2010.
Working closely with the Department of State (DOS), USCIS implemented its new fee to recover the processing costs of immigrant visas in the United States after those immigrant visa holders receive their visa packages from DOS.
The fee includes staff time to handle, file and maintain the immigrant visa package, and the cost to produce and deliver the permanent resident card. Individuals who have been issued visas by the DOS and are applying for admission to the United States are required to pay the $165 fee.
On the other hand, those prospective adoptive parents whose children are seeking admission to the United States under the Orphan or Hague Process are exempted from the USCIS Immigrant Fee.
Once they have received their visa package from DOS, applicants are required to pay online though USCIS' website. This is said to be a simplified and centralized payment process before they will depart for the United States.
For more information regarding this implementation of Immigrant Visa's new processing fee, please contact Atty. Timothy Gambacorta at: (847) 871- 0447 or you may also visit our website for assistance at: www.gambacortalaw.com.