USCIS Increase of Application Fees

30 Dec 2016 The American Dream

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an increase in application fees for several immigrant and non-immigrant requests. The increased application fees came into full effect on December 23, 2016. What there is to expect:

Green Card and Visa applicants who submit their applications to the U.S. immigration authorities (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) will be affected. The application fees at each U.S. Consulate, for example when applying for E-work visas or a B-business and tourist visas, will not change.   

It has been six years since the U.S. immigration authorities have increased application fees but it was necessary due to rising expenditures. On average, fees will increase by approximately 21%.

Higher Fees since 23rd of December 2016

All petitions and applications submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on or after December 23, 2016 will be subject to the new fees. If an application is filed on or after this date with an old fee payment, it will not be processed and sent back.

We have listed the new fees below for the most commonly filed applications:

Non-immigrant Visas:

  • I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (e.g. work visas like the H-1B, L and O): 460 USD instead of 325 USD
  • I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (change of status): 370 USD instead of 290 USD
  • I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (general work authorization): 410 USD instead of 380 USD

Immigrant Visas / Green Cards:

  • I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (Green Card through family-based immigration): 535 USD instead of 420 USD
  • I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Green Card through employment): 700 USD instead of 580 USD
  • I-485 Adjustment of Status: 1,140 USD instead of 985 USD

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  • USCIS Immigrant Fee: 220 USD instead of 165 USD

Further dramatic increases include the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (fee increase from 6,230 USD to 17,795 USD for the “I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant
Investor Program”) and applications for waivers (from 200 USD to 715 for the “I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility”).

You can find the complete list of new application fees on the USCIS website.