• DHS to Increase Filing Fees Effective 12/23/2016
  • October 28, 2016 | Authors: Susan J. Cohen; Kevin R. McNamara
  • Law Firm: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. - Boston Office
  • Effective December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be adjusting the fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS has not raised filing fees since November 23, 2010. After a comprehensive fee review for the fiscal year 2016-2017 biennial period, USCIS determined that the current fees do not fully recover the cost of services provided. Accordingly, DHS has determined that adjusting the fee schedule is necessary. Under the new rule, any application or petition mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees.

    Below we provide two consecutive charts comparing the current and new filing fees for (1) the most common employment-based visa petitions and immigration applications as well as (2) non-employment based visa petitions and applications.

    Form

    Title

    Current Fee

    New Fee

    I-129/I-129CW

    Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

    $325

    $460

    I-131/I-131A

    Application for Travel Document

    $360

    $575

    I-140

    Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

    $580

    $700

    I-485
    *Includes the cost of concurrently filed Forms I-765 and I-131, but does not include $85 biometrics fee.

    Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

    $985*

    $1,140*

    I-485

    Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)

    $635

    $750

    I-526

    Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneur

    $1,500

    $3,675

    I-539

    Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

    $290

    $370

    I-765

    Application for Employment Authorization

    $380

    $410



    Form

    Title

    Current Fee

    New Fee

    I-90

    Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

    $365

    $455

    I-129F

    Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

    $340

    $535

    I-130

    Petition for Alien Relative

    $420

    $535

    I-751

    Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

    $505

    $595

    N-400

    Application for Naturalization

    $595

    $640