File Now to Save! USCIS Publishes Proposed Filing Fee Increases!

On May 4, 2016, USCIS published a proposal to increase filing fees across the board to recoup the cost of processing immigration applications. UCIS filing fee amounts are reviewed every other year. USCIS last adjusted its fees in November 2010. The filing fees for the fiscal year 2017 are slated to increase an average of 21%. Below is a chart summarizing a portion of the suggested changes.

Type Of Immigration Filing

Current Fee

Proposed Fee

I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

$365

$455

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

$330

$445

I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker

$325

$460

I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

$340

$535

I-130 Petition for Alien Relative

$420

$535

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

$360

$575

I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

$580

$700

I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

$985

$1,140

I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

$290

$370

I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

$505

$595

I-765 Application for Employment Authorization

$380

$410

N-400 Application for Naturalization

$595

$640

N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship

$600

$1,170

USCIS Immigrant Fee

$165

$220

Biometric Services

$85

$85

More information about the proposed increased filing fees is available here. We anticipate that the fee increase will be effective later this year, at the beginning of the new USCIS fiscal year, which is October 1. The proposal is open to public comment, and will close for deliberation on 7/05/2016. Instructions on how to submit comments are available in the proposed rule at the very top. We encourage those who are interested to submit their thoughts and feedback.

Take action now! If you anticipate filing for any immigration benefit in the foreseeable future, you may want to consider filing now if possible to avoid the higher filing fees. This includes but is not limited to family-based filings, H-1B extensions/transfers, citizenship applications, etc.

Do you need assistance with a family-based or employment-based immigration matter? Please contact our office to learn how we can help. Call us at 804-396-3412 or email at info@sumnerimmigration.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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