Immigration Fee Increases Begin (USCIS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the Immigration Fee Increases published in the Federal Register. The adjusted fees required for most immigration applications and petitions will take effect on Dec. 23. USCIS is funded almost entirely by fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews every two years to determine the funding levels needed to administer the nation’s immigration laws, process claims for benefits, and provide the infrastructure needed to support these activities. The rate increases are the first in six years. The increase is necessary to recover the full costs of services provided by USCIS. This includes costs related to fraud detection and national security; customer service and case processing; and provide free of charge to refugee and asylum seekers and other eligible clients to fee waivers. Applications and petitions received by mail or filed on or after December 23 must include the new fees or else USCIS will not be able to accept them. To prevent your application from being rejected and returned, ensure that it is sent with enough time to arrive before December 23, 2016.

The new rates are:

Immigration Benefit Application New rate ($) Old rate ($)
G–1041 Genealogical Index Search Request $65 $20
G–1041A Application for Genealogical Records (Copy of microfilming) 65 20
G–1041A Request for Genealogical Records (Copy of the Text of the Records) 65 35
I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 455 365
I–102 Replacement Application /Initial Non-Immigrant Entry-Exit Document 445 330
I–129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker 460 325
I–129F Foreign Fiancé Petition 535 340
I–130 Petition for Alien Relative 535 420
I–131/I–131A Travel Document Application 575 360
I–140 Alien Immigrant Worker Petition 700 580
I-191 Application for Relief under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) 930 585
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant 585/930 585
I-193 Application for Passport and/or Visa Waiver 585 585
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission to the United States After Deportation or Removal 930 585
I–290B Notice of Appeal or Motion 675 630
I–360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant 435 405
I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status 1,140 985
I–526 Immigrant Petition by Foreign Entrepreneur 3,675 1,500
I–539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status 370 290
I–600/600A Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Family Member / Expedited Petition For Orphans 775 720
I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility 930 585
I–601A Request for Provisional Exemption for Unlawful Presence 630 585
I-612 Application for Exemption from Foreign Residence Requirement (under Section 212(e) of INA, as amended) 930 585
I–687 Application for Temporary Resident Status under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act 1,130 1,130
I–690 Application for Exemption from Grounds of Inadmissibility 715 200
I–694 Notice of Appeal of a Decision 890 755
I–698 Application to Adjust Temporary Resident Status to Permanent Resident Status (Under INA Section 245A) 1,670 1,020
I–751 Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence 595 505
I–765 Application for Employment Authorization 410 380
I-800/800A Petition to Classify an Adoptee as Immediate Family Member under the Hague Convention / Application to Determine Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Hague Convention Country 775 720
I–800A Sup. 3 Petition for Action on an Approved Form I-800A 385 360
I–817 Application for Family Unit Benefits 600 435
I–824 Request for Action on an Approved Application or Petition 465 405
I–829 Employer’s Petition to Remove Conditions 3,750 3,750
I–910 Application for Designation as a Licensed Physician 785 615
I–924 Application for Regional Center Designation under the Immigrant Investor Program 17,795 6,230
I–924A Annual Regional Center Certification 3,035 0
I–929 Petition for a Qualified Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant 230 215
N–300 Application to File a Statement of Intent 270 250
N–336 Request for Hearing on Decision in Naturalization Proceedings 700 650
N–400 Application for Naturalization2 640 595
N–470 Application to Retain Residence for Naturalization Purposes 355 330
N–565 Application for Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Document 555 345
N–600/N–600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship 1,170 600/5503
USCIS Immigrant Fee 220 165
Biometric Services 85 85