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Friday, May 6, 2016

Immigration and Naturalization Filing Fee Increases Proposed

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently proposed to increase the fee charged for each immigration and naturalization benefit request.  For examples: Proposed increase for H-1B base fee (I-129) is $460.00; for naturalization (N-400), $640.00; for family immigration (I-130), $535.00. The agency's last fee increase was November 23, 2010.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is primarily a fee-based agency. In order words, its operations and staff are funded by immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged to applicants and petitioners.  Without the fee increases, USCIS anticipates an average annual shortfall of $560 million in coming years.  

Comments on the proposal can be submitted to DHS by July 5, 2016, via email. (Email USCIS at uscisfrcomment@dhs.gov. Include DHS Docket No.USCIS–2016–0001 in the subject line of the message.).  

 Proposed new fees for selected immigration benefit request:

Immigration benefit request
Current fee ($)
Proposed fee ($)
I-90
Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
365
455
I-102
Application for Replacement/initial Non-immigrant Arrival-Departure Document
330
445
I-129
Petition for a Non-immigrant worker
325
460
I-129F
Petition for Alien Fiance(e)
340
535
I-130
Petition for Alien Relative
420
535
I-131/131A
Application for Travel Document
360
575
I-140
Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
580
700
I-290B
Notice of Appeal or Motion
630
675
I-360
Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant
405
435
I-485
Application to Adjust Status
985
1140
I-526
Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
1500
3675
I-539
Application to Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status
290
370
I-601A
Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
585
630
I-751
Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
505
595
I-765
Application for Employment Authorization
380
410
I-824
Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition
405
465
I-829
Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions
3750
3750
I-910
Application for Civil Surgeon Designation
615
785
N-400
Application for Naturalization
595
640
N-600/600K
Application for Certificate of Citizenship
600
1170
USCIS Immigration Fee
USCIS Immigrant Fee
165
220
Biometric Services
Biometric Services
85
85

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