USCIS Increases Filing Fees Just in Time for the Holidays!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing the filing fees for most immigration applications and petitions. Petitions submitted to USCIS on or after December 23, 2016 are required to include the new, adjusted fees or they will be rejected.

Here are some of the fee increases that impact most employment-based immigration sponsorship applications:

  • Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, e.g., H-1B, L-1, R-1, etc., is increasing from $325 to $460. The fraud fee of $500 and American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act fee of $1,500 or $750, depending on employer size, remain unchanged.
  • Form I-539, Petition to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, used for dependent categories, such as H-4, L-2, etc., is increasing from $290 to $370.
  • Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, a petition used by employers for sponsoring a foreign worker for permanent residency in the U.S., is increasing from $580 to $700.
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, is increasing from $380 to $410.
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, i.e., the “green card” application, will increase from $1,070 to $1,225.

This will mark the first fee increase in six years, with fees increasing by an average of 21 percent. A complete list of all fee adjustments can be found here.