USCIS to Raise Immigration Filing Fees

On October 24, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security announced new filing fees which USCIS will be charging for immigration benefits.  The new fees become effective on December 23, 2016.

USCIS calculates the increases to be a weighted average of 21 percent.  Federal law requires DHS to review its fee structure biennially and make fee adjustments such that the fees charged cover the full cost of providing immigration and naturalization adjudications.

Highlights of the new fees include: EB-5 Regional Center Designations: $17,795, up from $6,230; Annual Regional Center Certification: $3,035, a new fee; EB-5 immigrant petition: $3,675, up from $1,500; a 3 tier naturalization fee: $640, up from $595, no fee for qualifying military service applicants, and a reduced fee of $320.00 for applicants whose family income falls between 150% and 200% of the poverty guidelines.

Other, more frequent filings include:   Petition for a Fiancé: $535, up from $340; Petition for Alien Relative: $535, up from $420; Immigration Petition for Alien Worker: $700, up from $580; and Application to Adjust Status: $1,140, up from $985.

We will be publishing the complete list of fees on our web site shortly.