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USCIS to Increase Filing Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a final rule that will impose significant fee increases across the legal immigration system. The average fee increase is about 20%. The changes include increases of about 80% naturalization and 100% for adjustment of status (including employment authorization and advance parole). The agency last adjusted its fees in 2016.

USCIS is primarily funded by user fees for immigration and naturalization services. The announcement comes as the agency is facing a significant budget shortfall and looming furloughs

The new fees are effective for applications and petitions received by USCIS on or after October 2.

Important notes:

  • Biometrics fees are no long charged separately except for TPS, EOIR-related fees, and EAD applications based on an asylum or a withholding of removal application.
  • The fee structure for a Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, is changing:
    • Currently:
      • Form I-485: $1140
      • Biometrics: $85
      • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization: no fee
      • Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (advance parole): no fee
      • Total: $1225
    • New fees:
      • Form I-485: $1130
      • Form I-765: $550
      • Form I-131: $590
      • Total: $2270

Here are more examples of the new fees:

FormCurrent FeeFinal FeeChange ($)Change (%)
I-129 H1$460$555$9521%
I-129 L$805$34575%
I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)$535$510-$25-5%
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (online filing)$535$550$153%
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (paper filing)$560$255%
I-131 Application for Travel Document$575$590$153%
I-485 Application to Adjust Status$1140$1130-$10-1%
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence$595$760$16528%
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization$410$550$14034%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (online filing)$640$1160$52081%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing)$1170$53083%
USCIS Immigrant Fee$220$190-$30-14%
Biometric Services (non-DACA)$85$30-$55-65%

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