In this blog post, we would like to remind our readers that today is the last day to submit a public comment on the USCIS proposed rule increasing immigration fees for certain petitions. Initially USCIS had set a 30-day comment period ending on December 16, 2019, however the comment period was later extended for two more weeks, ending today December 30, 2019.
Once the comment period has closed, USCIS will review all public comments and publish a final rule in the Federal Register which will contain the rule’s effective date of implementation.
The filing fees for the following petitions would increase substantially under the proposed rule:
- I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant from $230 to $1,515, a 559 % increase
- I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal from $185, 285/570 to $1,800, a 532/216% increase,
- G-1041A Genealogy Records Request from $65 to $385, a 492 % increase
- N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention from $270 to $1,320, a 389 % increase
- I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa from $585 to $2,790, a 377% increase
- G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request from $65 to $240, a 269 % increase
- N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes from $355 to $1,600, a 266 % increase
- N-336 Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings from $700 to $1,755, a 151 % increase
- I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant from $585/930 to $1,415, a 142/52 % increase
- I-129H2A from $460 to $860, an 87% increase; I-129L Petition for L Nonimmigrant Worker from $460 to $815, a 77% increase
Your input is important. You may submit a comment online at www.regulations.gov by searching DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010.
For a complete list of fee increases please click here.