Advocacy Recommends That The USCIS Reassess The Compliance Costs Of Immigration Fees Rule For Small Entities
On January 4, 2023, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed a rule that would increase the immigration and naturalization fees for business visas. The proposed rule increases temporary visas by 150 to 330 percent. The rule also increases petitions for permanent immigration visas by 88 percent. This fee increase includes a new fee of $600 per visa petition to be paid by businesses to fund the separate U.S. Asylum Program. On March 10, 2023, the SBA Office of Advocacy submitted a comment letter to USCIS on this proposed rule.
For more, read the public comment letter and fact sheet, which highlights Advocacy’s concerns and recommendations.
The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) directs Advocacy to monitor whether proposed federal regulations consider the effects on small businesses. Advocacy files comment letters with federal agencies to alert them to their rules' small business impacts and to propose alternative approaches to achieving regulatory goals.
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