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News Release: USCIS to increase filing fees for most immigration applications & petitions - *Effective December 24, 2016*

2 days ago, USCIS announced a final administrative rule that will increase the fees to file most immigration applications & petitions. This is the first filing fee increase instituted by USCIS in 6 years.

Who will be effected by the fee increase? If you have a pending application or petition with USCIS, you will not be subject to the fee increase. The new fees go into effect December 24, 2016. This means that you must file your application (aka postmarked by) December 23, 2016, or you will have to pay the new higher fees! Contact an experienced immigration attorney at The Shapiro Law Firm, LLC today to get your immigration application filed ASAP!

Breaking News Release from USCIS

Fee increases effective December 24, 2016, for popular immigration applications and petitions:

I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card:

Old Fee: $365

New Fee: $455

I–102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document:

Old Fee: $330

New Fee: $445

I–129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker:

Old Fee: $325

New Fee: $460

I–129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e):

Old Fee: $340

New Fee: $535

I-130 Petition for Alien Relative:

Old Fee: $420

New Fee: $535

I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document:

Old Fee: $360

New Fee: $575

I–140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker:

Old Fee: $580

New Fee: $700

I–290B Notice of Appeal or Motion:

Old Fee: $630

New Fee: $675

I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status:

Old Fee: $985

New Fee: $1,140

I–526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur:

Old Fee: $1,500

New Fee: $3,675

I–539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status:

Old Fee: $290

New Fee: $370

I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability:

Old Fee: $585

New Fee: $930

I–601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver:

Old Fee: $585

New Fee: $630

I–751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence:

Old Fee: $505

New Fee: $595

I–765 Application for Employment Authorization:

Old Fee: $380

New Fee: $410

N–400 Application for Naturalization:

Old Fee: $595

New Fee: $640

USCIS Immigrant Fee:

Old Fee: $165

New Fee: $220

Here is the full USCIS News Release:

USCIS Announces Final Rule Adjusting Immigration Benefit Application and Petition Fees.

Release Date: October 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule published in the Federal Register today adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees will be effective Dec. 23.

USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews every two years to determine the funding levels necessary to administer the nation’s immigration laws, process benefit requests and provide the infrastructure needed to support those activities.

Fees will increase for the first time in six years, by a weighted average of 21 percent for most applications and petitions. This increase is necessary to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. These include the costs associated with fraud detection and national security, customer service and case processing, and providing services without charge to refugee and asylum applicants and to other customers eligible for fee waivers or exemptions.

The final rule contains a table summarizing current and new fees. The new fees will also be listed on the Our Fees page on our website. Form G-1055 will not reflect the new fees until the effective date. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23 must include the new fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them.

"This is our first fee increase since November 2010, and we sincerely appreciate the valuable public input we received as we prepared this final rule," said USCIS Director León Rodríguez. "We are mindful of the effect fee increases have on many of the customers we serve. That’s why we decided against raising fees as recommended after the fiscal year 2012 and 2014 fee reviews. However, as an agency dependent upon users’ fees to operate, these changes are now necessary to ensure we can continue to serve our customers effectively. We will also offer a reduced filing fee for certain naturalization applicants with limited means."

Read more about the new fee schedule on the Our Fees page. Highlights follow:

  • A modest fee increase of $45, or 8 percent, from $595 to $640 for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

    • USCIS will offer a reduced filing fee of $320 for naturalization applicants with family incomes greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For 2016, this means, for example, that a household of four with an income between $36,000 and $48,600 per year could pay the reduced fee. Those eligible may apply for this option using the new Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee.

  • The fee for Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322, will increase from $550 or 600 to $1,170.

  • A new fee of $3,035 is required for Form I-924A, Annual Certification of Regional Center.

In preparing the final rule, USCIS considered all 436 comments received during the 60-day public comment period for the proposed rule published May 4.