In a continuation of its efforts for motivating eligible immigrants for becoming citizens of the US, Obama administration is planning adjustments to the schedule of immigrant benefit fee that will increase the cost of few benefits but minimise the naturalisation fees for certain fewer income immigrants.
The US DHS has released its planned amendments to the USCIS fee schedule on 4th May 2016 impacting its fee for services. The planned regulation has been displayed in the Federal Register and it is open for the public to comment. Comments can be sent till 5th July 2016. The planned amendments are likely to come into force this fall.
As per the USCIS, it has conducted a review of its services fee, after refining its process of cost accounting and specified that the present fee does not recover the entire service cost it offers. It had mentioned that the adjustment to fee schedule is important for entirely recovering its services costs and for maintaining adequate levels of service. DHS has planned to raise USCIS fees by 21% and add one latest fee. Moreover, the DHS had also planned to clarify that individuals filing a benefit request might need to appear for biometric services or an interview and pay the fee for biometric services and make many changes.
Mainly exempt from the rise are less income immigrants who seek to become citizens of the US. Under this planned regulation, DHS will charge a minimized fee of $320 for applicants of naturalization.