The U.S. Citizenship and administration services (USCIS), reminds applicants and petitioners to pay new fees with forms postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, or the USCIS will not accept the filings. The USCIS will only accept previous fees if they are postmarked December 22 or earlier.
Starting on December 23, 2016, applicants and petitioners will no longer have a 14-day grace period to correct a failed fee payment. The USCIS will reject a benefit request for nonpayment.
Biometric Service fees
The USCIS will no longer hold benefit requests submitted without the correct biometric services fees. Applicants and petitioners must pay biometric services fees, if applicable, at the time of filing. Thus, the USCIS will reject a benefit request if it is received without the correct biometric services fee, as specified in the form instructions.
Request or Reduced Fee for Naturalization
Along with the fee changes, the USCIS is introducing a reduced fee option for certain low-income naturalization applicants who are eligible and do not qualify for a fee waiver.
The USCIS is funded almost entirely by fees. This is the USCIS first fee increase in 6 years, which is needed to recover the full cost of services. These include the costs associated with fraud detection and national security, customer service and case processing, and providing services without charge or fee waivers and exemptions for those who are eligible.
A message released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.