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USCIS Fee Increases

USCIS Filing Fees Increase

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%. 

U.S. Visa-Free Travel Limited

Some travelers now must obtain a visa to enter the U.S

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