USCIS has published a proposition in the Federal Register in regards to USCIS Services Fee Schedule, allowing 60 days for public comment. The new ruling (full text here) from USCIS reads that “USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services it provides. Adjustment to the fee schedule is necessary to fully recover costs for USCIS services and to maintain adequate service.” In regards to EB-5 forms, new fee changes are as follows:
- Form I-924 (Original Application for Regional Center): from $0 to annual $3,035 fee
- Form I-924A (Application for Regional Center Designation or Amendment): from $6,230 to $17,795
- Form I-526 (Immigrant Petition): from $1,500 to $3,675
- Form I-829 (Petition to Remove Conditions): remains $3,750
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encourages regional centers to give feedback on the proposed changes, citing a lack of data in regards to fees collected by regional centers to fully determine the “impact on small entities that may file I-924.” As such, DHS requests more data to better analyze the effect these smaller regional centers have on the industry.
Source: Lucidtext Blog