On February 1, 2013, the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) will implement a new fee applicable to foreign nationals who seek permanent residence (green cards) in the United States.
The fee will be $165, and immigrants seeking permanent residence will have to pay the new fee, the current processing and filing fees that must be paid to the Department of State (DOS), and other applicable government filing fees.
The new fee will cover the cost of USCIS staff time as well as the cost of production and delivering of green cards for the legal permanent residents. The fee must be paid after the person receives their package from the DOS but before departing from the United States. The fee must be paid online at the USCIS website.
Adoptive parents whose child will enter the U.S. through the Orphan or Hague processes are exempt from the new fee.