After a review of costs, USCIS said it found that an adjustment of fees "is necessary to fully recover costs for USCIS services and to maintain adequate service." Fees will increase by an overall average of 21 percent.
"We are mindful of the effect fee increases have on many of the customers we serve," said USCIS Director Leon Rodríguez. "That's why we decided against raising fees as recommended after the fiscal year 2012 and 2014 fee reviews. However, as an agency dependent upon users' fees to operate, these changes are now necessary to ensure we can continue to serve our customers effectively."
USCIS is primarily funded—95 percent—by immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged to applicants and petitioners. The agency's remaining funding comes from a small discretionary appropriation. Fees were last overhauled in 2010.