USCIS Announces Increases in Filing Fees USCIS has announced increases in the filing fees for many immigration benefits. It also announced a new reduced filing fee for Naturalization. The fee schedule will raise the fee amount for 40 different USCIS forms, effective December 23, 2016. The average increase in fees is $476. However, this figure is skewed by substantial increases in fees for the EB-5 Investor Visa program. Not counting those increases, the average increase is $205 and the average percentage increase is 28%.
New Restrictions on Visa-Free Travel to the U.S. In 2015, the Congress passed a law barring certain people from entering the U.S. without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. Under the new law, if during the last 5 years a person has visited one of seven specified Middle Eastern countries, he or she must apply for a visa to enter the United States. The seven countries currently include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Countries are placed on the list when