The President's executive actions of November 20, 2014, included, among other provisions, several initiatives that if implemented may require petitions whose cost would be paid through user fees. The processing for those applications would be handled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The executive actions highlight the challenges facing Congress if it wishes to exert control over the budget or activities of a federal agency funded through user fees that are statutorily established as mandatory appropriations. USCIS handles many immigration administration functions, the most prominent of which is processing and adjudicating immigrant petitions and applications. Each year, the agency processes roughly 6 million petitions, typically for a fee. Two examples are the petition for a nonimmigrant worker ($325) and the application for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status ($985).
Date of Report: February 19, 2015
Order Number: IN10233
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