Published November 23, 2016

 

As of December 23, 2016, and for the first time in six years, a filing fee increase for certain immigration applications or petitions is set to take effect.  The operations of Citizenship and Immigration Services is almost entirely funded by the filing fees it receives to process applications for the various immigration benefits offered.   This filing fee increase has nothing to do with the recent election and the plan to implement this increase has been in the works for many months.    The chart below is the list of old and new filing fees.  Applications and petitions must be postmarked or filed before December 23, 2016, in order to avoid the filing fee increase.  Otherwise, filings submitted after this date with the old fee will be rejected by US CIS.  Furthermore, applicants should take note that certain filings require the $85.00 biometrics fee (unchanged) to be added to the base fee, e.g. N-400, I-751 and most I-485 applications.  The instructions accompanying each form will alert applicants as to whether a biometrics fee should be added.    

Immigration Benefit RequestNew Fee ($)Old Fee ($)
G–1041 Genealogy Index Search Request6520
G–1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm)6520
G–1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record)6535
I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card455365

I–102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document

445330
I–129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker460325
I–129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)535340
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative535420
I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document575360
I–140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker700580
I-191 Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)930585
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant585/9301585
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa585585
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal930585
I–290B Notice of Appeal or Motion675630
I–360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant435405
I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status1,140985
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)750635
I–526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur3,6751,500
I–539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status370290
I–600/600A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Petition Processing of Orphan Petition775720
I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability930585
I–601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver630585
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended)930585
I–687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A
of the Immigration and Nationality Act
1,1301,130
I–690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility715200
I–694 Notice of Appeal of Decision890755
I–698 Application to Adjust Status From Temporary to Permanent Resident
(Under Section 245A of the INA)
1,6701,020
I–751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence595505
I–765 Application for Employment Authorization410380
I-800/800A Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative/Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country775720
I–800A Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I–800A385360
I–817 Application for Family Unity Benefits600435
I–824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition465405
I–829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions3,7503,750
I–910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation785615
I–924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant
Investor Program
17,7956,230
I–924A Annual Certification of Regional Center3,0350
I–929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U–1 Nonimmigrant230215
N–300 Application to File Declaration of Intention270250
N–336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings700650
N–400 Application for Naturalization2640595
N–470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes355330
N–565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document555345
N–600/N–600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship1,170600/5503
USCIS Immigrant Fee220165
Biometric Services Fee8585
  1. The fee for Form I-192 will remain $585 when filed with and processed by CBP. 
  2. Certain low-income naturalization applicants may pay a filing fee of $320 plus the $85 biometric services fee. For eligibility details and filing instructions, see Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee and Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  3. The old fee for N-600/N-600K applications filed on behalf of a biological child was $600 and on behalf of an adopted child was $550.  There is no fee for a Form N-600 filed by a member or veteran of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces filing on his or her behalf. 

 

PUBLISHED November 23, 2016– “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2016, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois