Published:November 17, 2010

Effective November 23, 2010, filing fees for most immigration applications and petitions are set to increase, on average, some 10-15%. On the other hand, filing fees for 6 categories of applications are actually set to be reduced, including for I-129F/Petition for Fiance, I-539/Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document and I-131 – Application for Travel Document – but only when filed for Refugee Travel Document. Also, fee waivers based on an applicant’s economic hardship will be accepted in more types of application categories.

Approximately 90% of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ budget comes from the fees it collects for the various immigration related applications and petitions that get filed each year. For fiscal years 2008 and 2009, revenues collected – according to CIS – were significantly less than what was projected, thus prompting this new increase. For certain, the decrease in filings and revenues is not based on a decrease in demand for immigration benefits, such as for green cards, just that the population of eligible immigration benefit applicants is smaller and the options available for the tens of millions of interested applicants are fewer – especially for those in the U.S. without legal status.

It is important to note that the filing fee for standard N-400 Applications for Naturalization did NOT increase, although the required biometrics fee (which must accompany many types of commonly used applications) does increase from $80.00 to $85.00. Below is the new fee schedule (MAKE SURE TO ADD THE INCREASED $85.00 BIOMETRICS FEE TO APPLICATIONS SUCH AS I-485, I-90, N-400, I-751 and several others)

 

 

Form No.

Application/Petition Description

Existing Fees (effective through Nov. 22, 2010

Adjusted Fees (effective beginning Nov. 23, 2010)

I-90Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card$290$365
I-102Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document$320$330
I-129/129CWPetition for a Nonimmigrant Worker$320$325
I-129FPetition for Alien Fiancé(e)$455$340
I-130Petition for Alien Relative$355$420
I-131Application for Travel Document$305$360
I-140Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker$475$580
I-191Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile$545$585
I-192Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant$545$585
I-193Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa$545$585
I-212Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. after Deportation or Removal$545$585
I-290BNotice of Appeal or Motion$585$630
I-360Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant$375$405
I-485Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status$930$985
I-526Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur$1,435$1,500
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status$300$290
I-600/600AI-800/800APetition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition$670$720
I-601Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability$545$585
I-612Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement$545$585
I-687Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act$710$1,130
I-690Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility$185$200
I-694Notice of Appeal of Decision under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act$545$755
I-698Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of Public Law 99-603)$1,370$1,020
I-751Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence$465$505
I-765Application for Employment Authorization$340$380
I-817Application for Family Unity Benefits$440$435
I-824Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition$340$405
I-829Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions$2,850$3,750
I-881Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (Pursuant to Section 203 of Public Law 105–110)$285$285
I-907Request for Premium Processing Service$1,000$1,225
 Civil Surgeon Designation$0$615
I-924Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program$0$6,230
N-300Application to File Declaration of Intention$235$250
N-336Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings$605$650
N-400Application for Naturalization$595$595
N-470Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes$305$330
N-565Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document$380$345
N-600/600KApplication for Certification of Citizenship/ Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322$460$600
 Immigrant Visa DHS Domestic Processing$0$165
BiometricsCapturing, Processing, and Storing Biometric Information$80$85

PUBLISHED November 17, 2010 – “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM”
Copyright © 2010, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois