USCIS press release on Dec. 13, 2012 announces that beginning 2/1/13, USCIS will collect new immigrant fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking U.S. permanent residence.
According to the USCIS, new fee allows the USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Dept. of State abroad.
In order to simplify and centralize the payment process, applicants will pay online through the USCIS website after they receive their visa package from DOS and before they depart for the US. DOS will provide applicants with specific information on how to submit payment when they attend their consular interview. The new fee is in addition to fees charged by DOS associated with an individual’s immigrant visa application.