USCIS proposed fee increases averaging 66% and in return is promising 20% processing time improvements by the end of 2009. It seems very unreasonable to me as many of our clients will find it more difficult to apply for benefits. I understand that fees go up, but 66%, this is not a good sign!
According to USCIS, fee increases will hit the following application types: (1) Application to Replace a Permanent Resident Card (I-90) – current fee is $190; proposed fee is $290; (2) Petition for Alien Fiancé (I-129F) – current fee is $170; proposed fee is $455; (3) Application to Register Permanent Status or Adjust Status (I-485) – current fee is $325; proposed fee is $9051; and (4) Application for Naturalization (N-400) – current fee is $330; proposed fee is $595.

The proposal drew the criticism of many groups including the American Immigration Lawyers Association which called on Congress and the White House to end the policy of making USCIS filing fees cover 100% of the agency’s budget for processing cases.