For the first time in six years, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased its filing fees by a weighted average of 21% for numerous immigration applications and petitions. USCIS announced the increase in a final rule published in the Federal Register, noting that the increase will go into effect on December 23, 2016. The department explained that because USCIS is primarily funded by these fees, an increase was necessary in order to fully cover the costs of providing its services.
Other popular forms that will also increase include the popular I-90, I-130, I-140, I-485, I-765, N-400, which are used for Green Card, work permit, and citizenship applications.
For more information about these fee increases view the official USCIS announcement here. If you plan on filing any of these forms within the next few months, you can save money on filing fees by filing before costs increase on December 23,2016. Due to the uncertainty that will follow the recent political elections, we recommend filing your application before new officials take office in January 2017.
Below is a chart highlighting and comparing these major fee changes:Immigration Benefit RequestNew Fee ($)Old Fee ($)G–1041 Genealogy Index Search Request6520G–1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm)6520G–1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record)6535I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card455365I–102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document445330I–129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker460325I–129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)535340I-130 Petition for Alien Relative535420I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document575360I–140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker700580I-191 Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)930585I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant585/9301585I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa585585I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal930585I–290B Notice of Appeal or Motion675630I–360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant435405I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status1,140985I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)750635I–526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur3,6751,500I–539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status370290I–600/600A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Petition Processing of Orphan Petition775720I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability930585I–601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver630585I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended)930585I–687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act1,1301,130I–690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility715200I–694 Notice of Appeal of Decision890755I–698 Application to Adjust Status From Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA)1,6701,020I–751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence595505I–765 Application for Employment Authorization410380I-800/800A Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative/Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country775720I–800A Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I–800A385360I–817 Application for Family Unity Benefits600435I–824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition465405I–829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions3,7503,750I–910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation785615I–924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program17,7956,230I–924A Annual Certification of Regional Center3,0350I–929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U–1 Nonimmigrant230215N–300 Application to File Declaration of Intention270250N–336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings700650N–400 Application for Naturalization2640595N–470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes355330N–565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document555345N–600/N–600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship1,170600/5503USCIS Immigrant Fee220165Biometric Services Fee8585
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