On October 24, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") published its final rule in the Federal Register announcing the new fee schedule for applications. The new rule increases fees for most applications and petitions by a weighted average of 21%. Among the most common applications, the fee increases (excluding biometrics fees, in some instances) are:
- I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, current fee $365, new fee $455
- I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, current fee $325, new fee $460
- I-130 Petition for Alien Relative, current fee $420, new fee $535
- I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, current fee $580, new fee $700
- I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, current fee $985, new fee $1140
- I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, current fee $290, new fee $370
- I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability, current fee $585, new fee $930
- I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement, current fee $585, new fee $930; and,
- N-400 Application for Naturalization, current fee $595, new fee $640.
Per the publication in the Federal Register, the new fees are effective for applications received on or after December 23, 2016. Applicants looking to take advantage of the lower, current fees should ensure they submit any relevant applications to USCIS between now and December 22.