DHS Proposes Filing Fee Increases

On May 5, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule adjusting certain immigration fees charged by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The proposed rule comes after USCIS reviewed its finances and determined that maintaining current fee levels would result in a shortfall to the agency. The last time DHS adjusted the fee schedule was November 2010. Overall, the proposed rule will increase fees an average of 21% and will vary by application type. The chart below details some of the more common application types and their proposed increase.
DHS will receive comments on the proposed rule until July 5, 2016. If adopted, the new filing fee schedule would be effective for a minimum of 2 years.

 Application  Current Fee  Proposed Fee
I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

(i.e. H and L applications)

 $325 $460
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative  $420 $535
I-131 Application for Travel Document $360  $575
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker  $580  $700
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status  $1,070* $1,225*
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization  $380  $410


* (includes biometrics services fee)

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please direct them to Karl Ulrich at 937.222.2052 or kulrich@ssdlaw.com

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