U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") published its final rule in the Federal Register on October 24, 2016 announcing the new fee schedule for applications. The new rule increases fees for most applications and petitions by a weighted average of 21%. Please refer to our update from November 2016 with examples of the fee increases for some of the most common types of applications and petitions.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") published a final rule in the Federal Register on November 18, 2016 announcing a number of important changes and codifying existing agency policy regarding high-skilled non-immigrant workers, EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 immigrant workers and their employers. A detailed summary of this new rule, which went into effect on January 17, 2017, can be found in the News and Updates section of our firm's website.