Immigration Benefit Application Fees Are Going Up!

Well, it is that time again…

USCIS is once again increasing filing fees for almost every application.  According to the USCIS, it must increase its fees by at least ten percent to “fully recover costs and maintain adequate service.”

The new fees will be effective 60 days from September 24, 2010, the date of publication of this final rule in the Federal Register.  60 days from September 24, 2010 is November 23, 2010.  Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after November 23, 2010 must include the new fees.

If you or anyone you know has been waiting to file for an immigration benefit, NOW would be a good time to think about getting those applications filed before the fees go up! Depending on what application or petition needs to be filed, you can save hundreds of dollars by filing for the benefit(s) before the new fees go into effect towards the end of November 2010!

Some notable fee increases:

Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) will cost $420 to file.

Form I-485, Application for Permanent Residency will cost $985, plus $85 for biometrics, for a total fee of $1,070.  It is presumed that this fee will include the initial application for employment authorization (Form I-765), like the current fee (of $1,010) includes.  But we will have to wait and see the revised instructions as the fees become effective.

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization will cost $380 to file.

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card will cost $365 to file.

Form I-102, Application to Replace Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94) will cost $330 to file.

It appears that the filing fee for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, will remain at $595, but biometrics fee will increase to $85, so the total fee for N-400 will be $680.  But we will need to review the instructions on the application once the new fees become effective.

Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion from a Decision of the USCIS will cost $630 to file.

If you would like to review the list of revised fees, the USCIS Fact Sheet, outlines these fee increases.  USCIS has also posted a Q&A on the fee increase, which answers many common questions.

Keep checking back on our blog for more information about the fee increases, or you may visit the USCIS website for further information and answers to commonly asked questions about the fee increase.

Ruchi Thaker

Ruchi Thaker is New York City-based immigration attorney with extensive experience and excellent reputation for effective legal representation in simple and difficult immigration cases. I have experience in areas of deportation defense (criminal and non-criminal), federal court litigation, representation on appeals and motions with the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals, family-based immigration, asylum, naturalization, and consular processing.
Ruchi Thaker
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