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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

USCIS Fees to Increase on October 2, 2020 - Naturalization Will Cost $1,170!




The finalized USCIS fee increases will be effective on October 2, 2020.  Applications postmarked on or after October 2, 2020 must be accompanied by the new fees.  In addition to fee increases, new editions of several application forms, as well as some important policy changes, will also take effect on October 2, 2020. 


Some of the major changes under the new rule include:

1) Higher Fees and New Forms for Employment-based Non-immigrant Petitions Including H-1B, L-1, etc.

Under the final rule, USCIS separates the Form I-129 into several forms for different visa classifications, with different fees. For example, an employer who is filing for an H-1B employee will need to submit the form I-129H1 with the new fee of $555, instead of the uniformed base fee of $460. For multinational managers and executives (L-1A ) or professional employees with specialized knowledge (L-1B), employers need to file the I-129L form and pay the new fee of $805.


2) Premium Processing Time Frame Extended to 15 Business Days

The current Premium Processing service guarantees 15 calendar days adjudication to those petitioners and applicants who pay for an additional fee of $1440. The final rule is extending this time frame from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. While the premium processing time will be longer, the filing fee remains the same.  In addition, USCIS is also considering adding premium processing service for more applications.


3)  Adjustment of Status Application:   a) No More Fee Exemption for Concurrent I-765 and I-131; b) Full Payment for Children Under 14 

The final rule removes the "bundled" fee exemption for I-765 (EAD) and I-131 (Advance Parole) that are filed concurrently with an I-485 application. This change also covers the EAD/AP renewals while the I-485 is pending. The filing fees have also been increased to $550 and $560 for I-765 and I-131 respectively. For the I-485 form, the filing fee will decrease to $1130.

In addition, there will be no more discount for derivative children under 14, even if their I-485 is filed concurrently with a parent. They must pay the full payment of $1130.

4) Changes to Biometric Fees 

The final rule eliminates the separate biometric fees for most of the forms including forms I-539 and I-485. However, it establishes a biometric fee of $30 for TPS applicants and re-registrants. It also requires a separate $30 biometric services fee for Form I-765 filed by pending asylum applicants and by foreign nationals applying for status as a long-term resident of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). For DACA applicants, USCIS will maintain the biometric fee of $85.

5) Online Filing Makes a Difference 

For forms that can be filed online such as I-90, N-400, N-600, and I-539 (under certain circumstances),  a $10 fee reduction will apply to online filings.


The changes in USCIS fees and fee structures are quite significant.  Petitioners and applicants should confirm carefully they are using the correct application forms and paying the correct filing fees before sending out their applications. Failure to pay the correct fees or follow the new policy changes will result in rejection of applications.


FINAL RULE FEE CHANGES

Immigration benefit request
Current fee ($)
New fee ($)
N-400
Naturalization
640
1,170 (paper filing)
1,160 (online filing)
N-600
Application for Certificate of Citizenship
1,170
1,000 (paper filing)
990 (online filing)
N-600K
Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322
1,170
935
I-90
Replace Permanent Residence Card
455
415 (paper filing)
405 (online filing)
I-102
Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document
445
485
I-212
Permission to Reapply for Admission
into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal
930
1,050
I-290B
Notice of Appeal or Motion
675
700
I-131
Travel Document
575
590
I-765
Employment Authorization
410
550 (non-DACA)
410 (DACA only)
I-485, I-765, & I-131
Application to Register Permanent Residency or   Adjust Status, Employment Authorization, & Travel Document
1,225
2,270
I-539
Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
370
400 (paper filing)
390 (online filing)
I-751
Remove Conditions on Residence
595
760
I-129H1
I-129 H-1B - Named Beneficiaries
460
555
I-129H2A
I-129 H-2A - Named Beneficiaries
460
850
I-129 H-2A - Unnamed Beneficiaries
460
415
I-129H2B
I-129 H-2B - Named Beneficiaries
460
715
I-129 H-2B - Unnamed Beneficiaries
460
385
I-129L
Petition for L Nonimmigrant Worker
460
805
I-129O
Petition for O Nonimmigrant Worker
460
705
I-129CW,

I129E&TN,

I129MISC
CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional
Worker; 
Application for Nonimmigrant Worker: E
and TN Classification;
Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-3, P, Q, or R Classification.
460
695
I-129F
Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
535
510
I-130
Petition for Alien Relative
535
560 (paper filing)
550 (online filing)
I-140
Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
700
555
I-601
Waiver of Ground of Excludability
930
1,010
I-601A
Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
630
960
I-526
Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
3,675
4,010
I-824
Application for Action on
an Approved Application or
Petition
465
495
I-829
Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status
3,750
3,900
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Biometrics Services

85
30 (TPS, I-765 for pending asylee and long-term CNMI resident program applicants)
85 (DACA applicants)




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