shutterstock_396494140The new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fee Schedule, which was first proposed May 4, 2016, and subsequently adopted as final Oct. 24, 2016, has gone into effect. Filing fees for various types of immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions and applications are increasing by an average of 21 percent; until this change, fees had not increased since November 2010. New cases that fail to include filing fee checks reflecting the increased fee schedule will be rejected by USCIS. For more information, please find our previous blog published on Inside Business Immigration here and the official new fee schedule available here.