In order to meet its operational needs, USCIS has proposed to adjust fees for certain immigration and naturalization applications since last November. Now, the fee change will happen soon. USCIS will publish its final fee rule in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020. It will be effective 60 days from the date of publication, namely October 2, 2020.
This time, USCIS will increase the filing fee for 20% on average. USCIS last updated its fee structure in December 2016 by a weighted average increase of 21%.
Among the most used immigration-related applications, the significant change in filing fee will happen to N-400, Application for Naturalization. The new filing fee will be increased from $640 to $1160. So if green card holders who would like to apply for citizenship, they should hurry up to file their N-400 application before the fee schedule become effective in October.
The filing fee for I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, including H-1B,TN, E-1, E-2, H-2A, H-2B, L, O category of working visa, will also get increased significantly. For aliens who would like to apply for work permit (Employment Authorization Document, EAD) will need to pay more as well.
Fortunately, the new fee rule will affect the family-related immigrant petitions slightly. Even better, the filing fee for I-485 Adjustment of Status application will decrease $10.
Recently, USCIS will furlough approximately 13,400 employees (nearly 70 percent of its workforce) because of its $1.2 billion loss caused by the pandemic of COVID-19. Apparently, 20% fee adjustment could not cover such huge loss. Nevertheless, it is advisable to file your application as soon as possible if you are in need of such immigration benefit. It has been a clear trend that the United States will tighten its immigration policies.
Here we list the filing fee changes for some most used application forms. You can have a full list of change and table of final fees here.
Immigration Benefit Reqest
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (paper filing)
I-129CW, I-129E&TN, and I-129MISC
I-129H2A – Named Beneficiaries
I-129H2B – Named Beneficiaries
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (paper filing)
I-131 Application for Travel Document
I-131 Refugee Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older
I-131A Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (paper filing)
I-589 Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (Non-DACA)
I-829 Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions
N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing)
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (paper filing)
N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (paper filing)
USCIS Immigrant Fee