Fee for Biometrics Removed in Majority of Immigration Cases

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a significant change to simplify and reduce costs for immigration processes. Starting on April 1, 2024, USCIS has waived the additional fee for biometrics, such as fingerprints and photographs, for most applications.

Biometrics are physical characteristics unique to each individual, including fingerprints and photographs, which USCIS collects to verify applicants’ identities and ensure the security of the immigration system.

The recent rule change has eliminated the separate biometrics fee for the majority of applications. The cost of biometrics is now included in the main filing fee for most applications, making the process more streamlined and affordable for many immigrants.

Previously, most applications required a separate biometrics fee, including applications for Green Cards, Work Permits, Travel Documents, Naturalization, and various other forms. However, as of October 1, 2023, the biometrics fee was already waived for applicants using Form I-539.

While this change applies to most applications, there are a few exceptions. Individuals applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or some cases handled by the Executive Office for Immigration Review will still be required to pay a small fee for biometrics due to different processing requirements and additional security checks.

USCIS made this change as part of a strategic decision to simplify the application process, enhance accessibility, and respond to stakeholder feedback. By consolidating the biometrics fee with the main filing fee, USCIS aims to streamline the process, improve cost recovery, and balance affordability and operational needs. This decision reflects USCIS’s commitment to providing a more transparent and accessible immigration experience for applicants.

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