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USCIS Fees Will Increase Effective 12/23/2016

October 25, 2016

On October 24, the Department of Homeland Security published a final rule to increase USCIS filing fees. The fee increases will be effective 60 days after publication of the final rule, on 12/23/2016. According to the DHS, the increased fees are necessary to pay for the current cost of processing immigration petitions and applications. The last adjustment to filing fees was made in November 2010.

The final rule increases the cost for certain petitions and applications as follows:

Form I-129     $460 (formerly $325)

Form I-539     $370 (formerly $290)

Form I-140     $700 (formerly $580)

Form I-485     $1,140 (formerly $985)

Form I-131     $575 (formerly $360)

Form I-765     $410 (formerly $380)

Form N-400   $640 (formerly $595)

The final rule does not increase the Premium Processing fee. The biometrics fee also remains the same.

Employers in the process of budgeting for immigration costs in 2017 should take these new fees into account.  

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