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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC18 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements 
Abstract:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a FY 2019/2020 fee review for its Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA), pursuant to the requirements of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO Act), 31 U.S.C. 901-03 and the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 286(m), 8 U.S.C. 1356(m). The CFO Act requires each agency’s chief financial officer to "review, on a biennial basis, the fees, royalties, rents, and other charges imposed by the agency for services and things of value it provides, and make recommendations on revising those charges to reflect costs incurred by it in providing those services and things of value." As a result of the FY 2019/2020 IEFA fee review, DHS will propose to adjust USCIS’ fee schedule via notice and comment rulemaking.

 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103.7   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1356(m)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

The CFO Act requires each agency’s chief financial officer to "review, on a biennial basis, the fees, royalties, rents, and other charges imposed by the agency for services and things of value it provides, and make recommendations on revising those charges to reflect costs incurred by it in providing those services and things of value."

Summary of the Legal Basis:

The INA section 286(m), 8 U.S.C. 1356(m) and the CFO Act, 31 U.S.C. 901-03 require each agency’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to review, on a biennial basis, the fees imposed by the agency for services it provides, and to recommend changes to the agency’s fees. The proposed rule is also consistent with non-statutory guidance on fees, the budget process, and federal accounting principles. Finally, this rule accounts for, and is consistent with, congressional appropriations for specific USCIS programs including funding for the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.

Alternatives:

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

DHS is still considering the exact cost and benefit impacts of the proposed provisions.

Risks:

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/14/2019  84 FR 62280   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/16/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Kika M. Scott
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Suite 4018, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20529
Phone:202 272-8377
Fax:202 272-1480
Email: kika.m.scott@uscis.dhs.gov