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      Permanent Resident Fee for America - 1st Feb 2013

      WASHINGTON—On Feb. 1, 2013,U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the United States. This new fee was established in USCIS’s final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions announced on Sept. 24, 2010.


      USCIS has worked closely with the Department of State (DOS) to implement the new fee which allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas in the United States after immigrant visa holders receive their visa packages from DOS. This includes staff time to handle, file and maintain the immigrant visa package, and the cost of producing and delivering the permanent resident card. The implementation of this new fee is further detailed in a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication tomorrow.


      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 United States. 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.


      USCIS processes approximately 36,000 immigrant visa packages each month. Prospective adoptive parents whose child will enter the United States under the Orphan or Hague processes are exempt from the new fee.

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      That is pretty much nothing in relation the other costs involved in visas, attorney's etc. We had the privilege of paying $750 just to enter the US London Embassy for them to stick a visa in our UK passports. We had already supplied the photos and had to pay extra for the passports to be returned to us! This is on top of the ~$10K that the company had paid out for the visa petition etc. Madness!
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      Wow, I think we paid around $3000 in total but we came here as PR so felt secure from day 1.

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      Those fees have gone up too, technically we need new visas in our passports from Sept 2014 but to do this we have to go to another country and pay whatever the $750 has increased too :o I think unless the husband's company pay for it we will just decide to become landlocked ;) We are currently allowed to stay here until Sept 2015. Visas and length of stay etc are complicated and often different LOL.