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USCIS collected $1.757 billion in fees and processed 6.592 million forms in 2011

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As a Congressionally-mandated self-funded fee-based agency, USCIS collects immigration-related applications and fees through several channels, including through its field offices (Service Centers and District and Field Offices), e-filing, and the Lockbox facilities provided through the Department of Treasury.

In 2001, USCIS first began using a Lockbox facility to collect a portion of its revenues.  From 2001 to 2007, USCIS transferred additional fee-based applications into Lockbox facilities. In 2007, USCIS established the Lockbox Expansion Project to migrate the intake function for fee-based immigration forms to a lockbox environment.  At its completion in early 2011, this expansion transitioned the intake of almost all applications and fees out of the USCIS field offices and into a centralized processing environment.  The following table depicts form and fee volumes processed by the Lockbox facilities from FY 2008 through FY 2011.

Fiscal Year Forms Processed* Fees Collected
2008 3.152 million $702.9 million
2009 4.352 million $1.139 billion
2010 6.265 million $1.600 billion
2011 6.592 million $1.757 billion

*These totals include non-benefit requests such as G-28, I-797, Labor Certificates, etc.

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Written by MithrasLaw

May 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

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