USCIS has announced that they are increasing its filing fees effective December 23, 2016. The fees increased an average of twenty-one percent (21%). According to USCIS, the increase in fees were necessary to offset the growing costs of USCIS, to improve upon processing times, increase better customer service, and cover the costs of services without charge to refugee and asylum applicants and those eligible for fee waivers.
Below is a brief chart of the fee increase of the most common forms.
|Forms||New Fee ($)||Old Fee ($)|
|I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card||455||365|
|I–102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document||445||330|
|I–129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)||535||340|
|I-130 Petition for Alien Relative||535||420|
|I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document||575||360|
|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 or Adjust Status||1,140||985|
|I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)||750||635|
|I–526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur||3,675||1,500|
|I–539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status||370||290|
|I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability||930||585|
|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|
N–400 Application for Naturalization
All applications postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new filing fees or USCIS will reject the submission. In order to avoid the increase in fees, we urge you to file your application as soon as possible. For more information on the filing fees, please visit the USCIS website.
Should you have any questions about the fee increase, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Nicole Fink at (617) 973-6448 or by e-mail at [email protected].