Proposed USCIS Filing Fee Increases—Apply Before They Go Into Effect!

Proposed USCIS Filing Fee…

by Hill & Piibe, June 12, 2020

In November 2019, USCIS published a lengthy notice in the Federal Register about its intention to raise filing fees. As of the writing of this blog, it has not yet finalized the fee increases, and there is no anticipated date of when they will go into effect.

Some striking propositions:

  • Adjustment of Status (Form I-485), which is the application for a green card from within the United States (rather than applying abroad at a U.S. consulate): The current fee includes free related applications, such as advance parole (travel permit), and the work permit. The proposed rule eliminates these free applications, and greatly increases the cost with a la carte separate filing fees for the related applications.
  • Temporary Work Visa (Form I-129) is broken down by visa category, with different fees for each one.
  • Biometrics (fingerprinting) is reduced, and also may be free for some applications

A somewhat bright note is that the fee for I-140 Employment Green Card petitions may decrease, along with the I-90 and Fiance Visa fees.

Each proposed filing fee increase was given a range, depending on additional funding from other sources.

Here is a summary of the proposed fee increases for popular applications, and the maximum proposed:

Form

Current Fee

Proposed Fee

Biometrics Fee

85

30—Also, eliminate the separate fee and roll it into many applications that require biometrics

I-90 (Replacement Green Card)

455

415

I-129 (Temporary Work Visa)—separate fees by category

460 for all visa categories

715 for O visas

705 for E, H-3, P, Q, R and TN visas

815 for L visas

560 for H-1 visas

425 for blanket H-2A; 860 for named beneficiaries

395 for blanket H-2B; 725 for named beneficiaries

I-129F (Fiance Visa)

535

520

I-130 (Family Petition)

535

555

I-131 (Advance Parole travel document)

575

585

I-140 (Employment Petition)

700

545

I-212 (Waiver for past violations)

930

1040

I-485 (Adjustment of Status—Green Card)

1140

1120 with no other services

Add 85 for biometrics

Add 490 for work permit

Add 585 for advance parole

I-539 (Change/Extend Status)

370

400

I-589 (Asylum and Withholding of Removal)

Free

50

I-601 (Waiver for past violations)

930

985

I-601A (Waiver for Unlawful Presence)

630

960

I-751 (Remove Green Card Conditions)

595

760

I-765 (Work Permit)

410

490

I-821D (DACA renewal)

Free

275

N-400 (Naturalization/Citizenship)

640

1170

If you have been delaying an application, you may want to try and file soon as you can before these fee increases go into effect.

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