Act fast! US Immigration Fees Set to Skyrocket
Have you been putting off your immigration application? Do you qualify for lawful permanent resident status (a “green card”) but haven’t found the time to learn how to apply? Are you eligible to become a U.S. citizen but haven’t gotten around to starting the process? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please keep reading. It may save you thousands of dollars!
Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposal to increase filing fees for most applications. According to USCIS, the agency has been facing significant financial challenges, including increased demand for its services, rising operational costs, and a decline in revenue. As a result, USCIS believes that a fee increase is necessary to ensure that it can continue to provide the level of service that the public expects and deserves. The proposed fee increase would impact most USCIS applications and services, and some fees would increase by more than a factor of three.
Here are few examples of proposed fee increases on specific applications:
|Form||Name of Application||Current Fee||Proposed Fee||Increase||%|
|I-129||Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (H-1B)||$460.00||$780.00||$320.00||69.6%|
|I-485||Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (with concurrent I-765 and I-131 and biometric services)||$1,225.00||$2,820.00||$1,595.00||130.2%|
|I-751||Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence – Family-Based (with biometric services)||$680.00||$1,195.00||$515.00||75.7%|
|Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor/Regional Center Investor||$3,675.00||$11,160.00||$7,485.00||203.7%|
|I-829||Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status (with biometric services)||$3,835.00||$9525.00||$5,690.00||148.4%|
Click here to download our detailed reference table of filing fee increases.