Proposed Immigration Fee Changes

Posted on July 28th, 2010, by Jennifer Varughese in Immigration Law. Comments Off on Proposed Immigration Fee Changes

Changes are coming to the fees charged by the nation’s adjudicator of immigration benefits, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Under the new proposed fee schedule, filing fees for most applications will rise an average of 10%. Notable increases include:

  • Form I-130 (family petition) – increase from $355 to $420
  • Form I-485 (green card application) – increase from $930 to $985
  • Form I-765 (work authorization application) – increase from $340 to $380
  • Form I-751 (removal of conditions on green card application) – increase from $465 to $505

The filing fee for the naturalization application, Form N-400, will remain at $675.

Filing fees for 3 notable applications are actually decreasing: 1) petitions for fiance visa ($455 to $340), 2) applications to extend/change nonimmigrant status ($300 to $290) and 3) applications for replacement naturalization certificate ($380 to $345).

A 45-day comment period on the proposed changes ended on July 26, 2010. USCIS will now review all input before issuing a final rule on whether to adopt all fee changes.

Update: the new fees will go into effect on November 23, 2010.

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Jennifer S. Varughese is the lead immigration attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C. Her immigration law practice covers both family-based and employment-based green cards, temporary visas, adjustment of status for those already present in the country, citizenship, and deportation cases. Ms. Varughese has been recognized for her work in the area of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

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