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UPDATE: USCIS Increases Filing Fees for Certain Petitions to Stay Afloat

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During the past year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been facing a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As early as May of this year, a USCIS spokesperson informed the United States government that it needed a cash bailout of $1.2 billion by summertime in order to meet its operational costs. The agency found that fewer and fewer applicants were filing applications and petitions with USCIS which created a massive revenue shortfall for the agency.

To keep itself afloat, the agency said it would be preparing to increase filing fees for certain types of applications and petitions.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security officially announced a final rule that will be posted in the Federal Register on August 3rd that will increase filing fees for certain types of immigration benefits.

The final rule will become effective 60 days from August 3rd – the date of publication which falls on October 2, 2020.

That means that applications postmarked on or after October 2, 2020 with incorrect fees will be rejected by USCIS.


MOST IMPACTED APPLICATIONS AND PETITIONS

The following types of immigration requests are the most impacted with significant price increases:

  • I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant

Current Fee: $230

Final Fee: $1,485 (Increase of 546%)

  • I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal

Current Fee: $285

Final Fee: $1,810 (Increase of 535%)

  • I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa

Current Fee: $585

Final Fee: $2,790 (Increase of 377%)

  • N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention

Current Fee: $270

Final Fee: $1,305 (Increase of 383%)

  • I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant (CBP)

Current Fee: $585

Final Fee: $1,400 (Increase of 139%)

  • N-400 Application for Naturalization (online filing)

Current Fee: $640 + $85 biometrics

Final Fee: $1,160 (Increase of 81%)

  • N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing)

Current Fee: $640 + $85 biometrics

Final Fee: $1,170 (Increase of 83%)

  • I-129 H2A Named Beneficiaries

Current Fee: $460

Final Fee: $850 (Increase of 85%)

  • I-129 L

Current Fee: $460

Final Fee: $805 (Increase of 75%)

  • I-129 CW, I-129E&TN, and I-129 MISC

Current Fee: $460

Final Fee: $695 (Increase of 51%)

  • I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (for applicants under the age of 14 years only)

Current Fee: $750

Final Fee: $1,130 (Increase of 51%)

  • I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Current Fee: $630

Final Fee: $960 (Increase of 52%)

  • I-129 H2B – Named Beneficiaries

Current Fee: $460

Final Fee: $715 (Increase of 55%)

  • I-129 O

Current Fee: $460

Final Fee: $705 (Increase of 53%)

  • I-765 Application for Employment Authorization NON-DACA

Current Fee: $410

Final Fee: $550 (Increase of 34%)

  • I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions

Current Fee: $595

Final Fee: $760 (Increase of 28%)


FILING FEE INCREASES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 2, 2020

For a complete list of filing fee increases please see the chart below:

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