The USCIS recently reminded foreign nationals that a new Immigrant Visa fee becomes effective on February 1, 2013. On or after February 1, 2013, applicants for Immigrant Visas at the U.S. Consulates abroad will be required to pay two Immigrant Visa fees, one to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and one to the USCIS. The new USCIS fee will be $165.00. Applicants for Immigrant Visas through the U.S. Consulates abroad will be required to pay the new USCIS fee through the USCIS website. The USCIS warned that if an applicant fails to pay this new USCIS fee, the applicant will not receive a Permanent Resident Card until the fee is paid. The USCIS stated that failure to pay the fee will not affect the applicant's lawful status when he/she enters the United States. The applicant will still have his/her passport stamped showing their lawful admission and permanent resident status when he/she enters the United States as an immigrant. However, the admission stamp is only valid for one year. The USCIS "strongly" advised that applicants pay the immigrant fee as soon as possible (preferably prior to completing the Immigrant Visa process through the U.S. Consulate abroad, to avoid any delays in receiving the Permanent Resident Card.