The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it will be adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions.  The following chart lists some of the most common applications and petitions and the new fees associated with them.  The new fees are effective December 23, 2016.  Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after that date must include the new fees or USCIS will reject them.

Nonimmigrant Petitions and Applications New Fee Old Fee
I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (H-1B) $460 $325
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $535 $340
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status $370 $290
Immigrant Petitions and Applications New Fee Old Fee
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative $535 $420
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $700 $580
I-360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant $435 $405
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence/Adjust Status $1,140 $985
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence/Adjust Status (under 14 years) $750 $635
Citizenship Applications New Fee Old Fee
N-400 Application for Naturalization $640 $595
N-600/N-600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship $1,170 $600/$550
EAD, Advance Parole, and Other Services New Fee Old Fee
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card $455 $365
I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document $575 $360
I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver $630 $585
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence $595 $505
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization $410 $380

 

Will USCIS offer any reduced fees?

USCIS will offer a reduced filing fee of $320 plus the $85 biometrics fee for naturalization applicants with family incomes greater than 150% but not more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Those eligible may apply for this option using the new Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee.

How much will it cost to file an I-485 application with USCIS?

The new fee for the I-485 application is $1,140 plus the $85 biometrics fee.  Applicants who are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are eligible to file their I-485 simultaneously with the I-130, Petition for Alien Relative which requires a separate filing fee of $535.  Applicants who wish to obtain Green Cards for their minor children must pay separate filing fees for their children’s applications ($750 per application for children under 14 and $1,140 plus the $85 biometrics fee per application for children ages 14 and older).  Children under 14 do not need to submit the $85 biometrics fee.

Please note that if you already submitted an I-485 application with the current filing fee, or will submit one in the future with the increased fee, you are not required to pay filing fees for the I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (EAD) or I-131, Application for Travel Document (Advance Parole).

Do the USCIS filing fees cover the cost of hiring an attorney?

No.  USCIS filing fees cover the cost of the officers who process benefit requests and the infrastructure needed to support these activities.  USCIS filing fees for any petition or application do not include the separate, private cost of hiring a licensed attorney to assist with the preparation and filing of these documents. 

If you have any questions regarding the information in this client advisory or would like a quote for legal services related to filing an application or petition with USCIS, please contact one of our experienced immigration attorneys at +1 855.428.3762 or contact@bzlawusa.com.

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