U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) tends to raise its application fees fairly regularly--and since it hasn't instituted a fee hike since 2010, we shouldn't be too surprised at its recent announcement of a virtually across-the-board fee increase. This applies to all immigration applications and petitions submitted on or after December 23, 2016. (If you submitted an application after that date with the wrong fee, USCIS will likely reject it.)
Unusually, a few low-income applicants, namely those seeking U.S. citizenship via the process known as naturalization, will actually benefit, as they have a reduced-fee option.
Here are the changes that will affect the most applicants are:
- Form I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card fee went from $365 to $455.
- I-130 Petition for Alien Relative, went from $430 to $535.
- I–140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, went from $580 to $700.
- I–360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant, went from $405 to $435.
- I–765 Application for Employment Authorization went from $380 to $410.
- Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, went from $505 to $595.
- I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability, went from $585 to $930.
- Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 fees went from $550 or $600 (depending on whether the child was adopted) to a flat $1,170 in all cases.
- Form I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status fee went from $985 to $1,140 for applicants 14 and over and from $635 to $750 for applicants under 14.
- Form N-400, Application for Naturalization fee went from $595 to $640 with an important exception: USCIS will offer a reduced fee of $320 for applicants whose family income levels are between 150% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. To apply for this option, you will need to complete and submit a new form, known as Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee, along with your N-400 application. You will still need to pay the biometrics fee ($85).
- Form I–526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur fee went from $1,500 to $3,675.
- USCIS Immigrant Fee went from $165 to $220.
The biometrics fee has not changed, but remains at $85.
A summary of the new and old fees can be found on the Our Fees page of the USCIS website.
Effective date: Dec 27, 2016