When applying for an EB-5 visa, an investor must pay the required fees. USCIS will only approve the file upon the payment receipt for the application fee. The following information about the EB-5 fee schedule will save your time during the EB-5 application process.

Fees are charged for the following services:

  • File I-526 petition – Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (charged by USCIS).
  • Handle processing for DS-260 Petition – Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration.
  • Medical examination and compulsory immunization (the fees are changeable).
  • Immigrant fee, Bio-metric fee.
  • Other fees may include translation, photocopy, and travel expenses to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for visas.

Note: Fees must be paid for each immigrant, regardless of ages, and non-refundable.

Fee Schedule

The fee for each form is different and changed by USCIS. USCIS periodically adjusted its fees and published a final rule adjusting immigration benefit application and petition fees, effective December 23, 2016. However, all filings postmarked or submitted December 23, 2016, or later must include the new fees. Application fee increases compared with the previous fee schedule.

Download the updated versions at here

Paying USCIS Fees

If you are inside the U.S., you may pay filing, bio-metrics, or other fees to USCIS using a check or money order drawn from a U.S. financial institution and payable in U.S. funds. You can also pay for certain applications online. USCIS will reject your form if we receive it without the correct bio-metric services fee, as specified in the form instructions.

If you live outside the United States or its territories and you want to file your application or petition where you live, go to the Forms section of USCIS website to determine if you can file your form at an international office. Please note that not all forms of payment are accepted abroad.

Fee Waiver

Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, USCIS established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types. USCIS will approve a fee waiver only if you clearly demonstrate that you are unable to pay the filing fees. USCIS carefully considers the merits of each fee waiver request before making decisions.

You can request a fee waiver if the form you are filing is eligible for a fee waiver (See the list available on the Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver web page).

You provide documentation showing that you qualify based upon one of the following criteria:

  1. You, your spouse, or the head of household living with you, are currently receiving a means-tested benefit (i.e. a public benefit where the agency granting the benefit considers your income and resources).
  2. Your household income is at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines at the time you file.
  3. You are currently experiencing financial hardship that prevents you from paying the filing fee, including unexpected medical bills or emergencies.

(Source: USCIS)

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