Wednesday, May 4, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule

DHS proposes to establish a new fee of $3,035 to recover the full cost of processing the Employment Based Immigrant Visa, Fifth Preference (EB-5) Annual Certification of Regional Center, Form I-924A. 9 While approved EB-5 Regional Centers are required to file Form I-924A annually, there is currently no filing fee and as a result, DHS does not fully recover the processing costs associated with such filings. DHS therefore proposes to establish a filing fee for this form. 

This rule proposes to change the title of Form I-924A from “Supplement to Form I-924” to “Annual Certification of Regional Center.”

With approximately 800 currently approved regional centers, USCIS must expend adjudicative resources to handle Form I-924A filings for which no fee is currently collected. Regional centers are often complex partnerships, limited liability companies, or other business entities involved in multiple commercial enterprises that may overlap or intertwine. These complex relationships must be described on the Form I-924A and the filing must be reviewed by USCIS to determine if the regional center continues to comply with program requirements. 

Of course, there is also an increase to the Form I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Inves tor Program, increase from $6,230 to $17,795  

An increase of $11,565
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur increase from $1,500 to $3,675
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions no change
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion increase from $630 to $675 
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status increase from $985 to $1,140