October 25, 2016

The Grinch is apparently alive and well, and working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. USCIS had warned the public back in May of a proposed increase to the Schedule of Filing Fees of roughly 40% across all types of benefit and application filing fees, but they stayed quiet for several months after the comment period had closed in July. Yesterday, the Agency published a Final Rule making the new filing fee schedule effective right before Christmas.

For individuals and employers planning any upcoming filings, here is a selection of what to expect for some common application and petition types. This may help to plan your budget for next year, since USCIS does not plan to publish the new Form G-1055, Schedule of Filing Fees, until the day it becomes effective, on December 23, 2016.

I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card: now $365, rises to $455

I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: now $325, rises to $460

I-130, Petition for Alien Relative: now $420, rises to $535

I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker: now $580, rises to $700

I-485, Application to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident: now $985 for adults, $635 for children under age 14; rises to $1,140 per adult, $750 per child under 14

I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status: now $290, rises to $370

N-400, Application for Naturalization: now $595, rises to $640 for most applicants, but there is a reduced fee for applicants whose annual income is between 150% and 200% of the federal poverty limit.

The Biometric processing fee, which is required for many individual applications, remains $85.

The I-907 Premium processing fee remains $1,225.