The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced fee adjustments for specific immigration and naturalization requests handled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
USCIS fee adjustments will go into effect on October 3, 2020. The USCIS fees will be adjusted by a weighted average increase of 20 percent, and are meant to support the adjudication of immigration benefit requests, detection and determent of fraud, and the thorough vetting of applicants, beneficiaries, and petitioners.
Notably, in addition to the fee changes, USCIS will be changing the processing timeline for cases filed with premium processing. Effective October 3, 2020, USCIS will process premium process cases within 15 business days, rather than the 15 calendar days that has been the rule for many years. This means that most premium processed cases will take a full three weeks to be adjudicated, and employers should plan accordingly.