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USCIS Filing Fees to Increase on 12/23/2016

22:52 25 October in News Updates
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USCIS Filing Fees to Increase on 12/23/2016

On December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will raise certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by a weighted average of 21%.   After a comprehensive fee review, DHS has determined that a fee increase is necessary in order to avoid a $560 million shortfall.  The USCIS fee schedule was last adjusted in November of 2010.

The new fees for common applications and petitions are as follows:

Immigration benefit request Current

fee ($)

New

fee ($)

Difference

($)

Percent

change

I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker  

325

 

460

 

135

 

42

I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e)  

340

 

535

 

195

 

57

I-130 Petition for Alien Relative  

420

 

535

 115  27
I-131 Application for Travel Document (Advance Parole and Re-entry Permit)  

360

 

575

 

215

 

60

I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker  

580

 

700

 

120

 

21

I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status 1070 1225 155 16
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status 290 370 80 28
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization 380 410 30 8
N-400 Application for Naturalization 680 725 45 8

The 2017 LAC Fee Schedule reflecting changes in fees will be distributed to clients shortly.

This update was prepared by Claudia Martorell, Attorney, Larrabee Albi Coker LLP.   

Legal Disclaimer:   This update is provided for informational purposes only and does not substitute for legal advice based on the circumstances of a specific matter.  Immigration laws and policies change frequently, often without notice.  It is therefore important to seek direct legal counsel based upon individual circumstances.

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