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USCIS proposes cost recovery surcharge

  1. Original Date Announced

    June 25, 2020

    USCIS proposes a surcharge of 10% to applications in order to repay the $1.5 million of emergency funding requested from Congress on May 15, 2020. USCIS predicts the drop in applications due to the COVID pandemic will produce a "crippling budget shortfall." [ID #1035]

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  3. Biden Administration Action: Under Study

    June 14, 2021

    Unified Agenda Notice: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule

    This notice made known the Biden administration's intention to rescind and replace the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    DHS issued a Uniform Regulatory Agenda notice announcing its intention to propose to adjust the fees charged by USCIS for immigration and naturalization benefit requests.  This proposed rule would rescind and replace the changes made by the August 3, 2020, rule and establish new USCIS fees to recover USCIS operating costs.  The August 2020 rule had encompassed the proposed surcharge (see Associated Policy below).

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Current Status

Not in effect
June 14, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Proposed
Trump Administration Action: Legislation
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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