Immigrants filing immigration petitions with the U.S.C.I.S. will have to shell out more per application. – Daily Caribeean Diaspora NewsHardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Sept. 27, 2005 Come October 26, Caribbean and other immigrants filing immigration petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will have to shell out more per application.

  •  agency yesterday advised that applicants will have to add an average of $10 to each application and petition in order to account for inflation. So for instance, an immigrant applying to adjust their status from a temporary to a permanent resident will have to pay between $145 to $185 plus a fingerprinting fee of $80 from late next month. Acting USCIS Deputy Director Robert Divine explained that, “Because USCIS is a fee-based agency, we must charge amounts that will recover the full costs of our operations in order to continue the progress we have made in reducing the backlog. USCIS has already reduced its backlog from 3.9 million to 1.1 million cases.”
  •  fees were last adjusted in April 2004 to account for additional security enhancements performed on all immigration benefits after September 11, 2001 and other costs. However, any applicant or petitioner who has an “inability to pay” the fees may request a fee waiver. In determining “inability to pay,” USCIS officers will consider all factors, circumstances and evidence supplied by the applicant including age, disability, household income and qualification. –