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UNITED STATES – USCIS Proposes an Increase to the Existing Fee Schedule

Today the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed increase to filing fees for most immigration benefits. The announcement was published in the Federal Register and will be open for public comment for the next 45 days. The fee increases are weighted at about 10% across all form types, however, some forms have a reduction in fees or stayed essentially the same. The filing fee for Form I-129, for example, is set to be raised by $5, while the filing fee for Form I-140, Immigrant Visa Petition would increase by $105. The rest of the proposed fee schedule is listed below.
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UNITED STATES – U.S. Department of State Issues June 2010 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has issued the June 2010 Visa Bulletin. The news is mixed with some categories continuing to move in the direction of less retrogression, some categories remaining stagnant, and other categories actually backsliding. Furthermore, any progress in immigrant visa availability is tempered by very modest gains. Perhaps the most interesting news for the June 2010 Visa Bulletin is the addition of the Dominican Republic category. While all countries receive a specific number of annual immigrant visas, only those countries exceeding their annual allotment, and thus becoming “oversubscribed,” are listed separately from the “All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed” countries. This signifies greater demand from the Dominican Republic.
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