USCIS Announces Increases in Filing Fees
USCIS has announced increases in the filing fees for many immigration benefits. It also announced a new reduced filing fee for Naturalization. The fee schedule will raise the fee amount for 40 different USCIS forms, effective December 23, 2016. The average increase in fees is $476. However, this figure is skewed by substantial increases in fees for the EB-5 Investor Visa program. Not counting those increases, the average increase is $205 and the average percentage increase is 28%. The overall average percentage increase is more than 50% (again, primarily attributable to the EB-5 Investment Visa program), and the median increase is about 25% over the previous amount. Half of the fee increases were less than $100 and had proportionate increases of 25% or less.
In the area of family-based immigration, notable fee increases include:
Form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) rose from $340 to $535, for an increase of $195, or 57%.
Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative rose from $420 to $535, for an increase of $115, or 27%.
Form I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status rose from $985 to $1140, for an increase of $155, or 16%.
Form N-400 Application for Naturalization rose from $595 to $640, for an increase of $45, or 7%.
Partial Fee Waiver for Naturalization
A new partial fee waiver is not available for applicants for Naturalization. The waiver is available for applicants with household incomes not more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. A new Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee, can be completed and submitted with the N-400, along with the reduced application fee of $320, plus the biometrics fee of $85.
The large increases related to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program include: An increase of from $1,500 to $3,675 (or 145%) for the Form I–526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur and a whopping increase from $6,230 to $17,795 (or 183%) for the Form I‑924 Application for Regional Center Designation.
Below is a list of all of the forms and corresponding fee increases. See USCIS’s website for more details.
List of Fee Increases by USCIS Form