Today the U.S. Department of State issued a press release announcing the implementation of new visa processing fees that will become effective beginning April 13, 2012. Because of a reallocation in costs associated with immigrant visas, all categories of immigrant visa fees will decrease.
As our readers know, having an approved EB-5 is just the first step in the process towards a greencard. Once an EB-5 is approved by USCIS, the applicant must either consular process in the home country for their immigrant visa or adjust their status in the U.S. to a lawful permanent resident. Previously an individual with an approved EB-5 petition and their dependents had to pay a fee of $305 each for immigrant visa processing at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. The new EB-5 based immigrant visa fee will be $220 per person. Filing fees for Adjustment of Status will remain the same.