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LATEST NEWS ALERT: USCIS Delays Fee Rule Decision - (07/12/23)

Following a January 2023 proposal to adjust fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has shared in its spring regulatory agenda that a final rulemaking will not occur until March 2024. USCIS is continuing to consider public feedback submitted in response to the proposal, which included numerous comments from the arts sector, opposing proposals that would more than triple the current artist visa filing fee, cap the number of beneficiaries for group petitions, and lengthen the time USCIS has to respond to petitions filed via Premium Processing Service. An announcement of final rules in March 2024 would set new fee levels that could differ from the proposed fees, confirm any policy changes, and also set a date by which any changes would take effect.