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Filing Fee Increases, USCIS Issues New Policy Guidance on Final Fee Rule

USCIS updated its Policy Manual with guidance on the final fee rule it issued earlier this month. On August 3, 2020, USCIS published a final rule in the Federal Register. The new policy guidance, effective October 2, 2020, describes the rule’s adjustments in filing fees for some forms. It also provides guidance on a range of topics, including fee exemption, waiver policies, new processing time limits, and modifications to intercounty adoption processing.

USCIS is increasing fees in order to meet operating costs. 97% of USCIS’ budget comes from fees collected. Estimating that keeping fees at current levels will leave USCIS underfunded by $1 billion per year, DHS is increasing USCIS filing fees by a weighted average of 20%. Here is a table of fee changes to some of the more common employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petition types:

Petition Current Fee Final Fee Change
I-129CW, I-129E&TN, and I-129MISC $460 $695 + $235
I-129 H1 $460 $555 + $95
I-131 Application for Travel Document $575 $590 + $15
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $700 $555 – $145
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence $1140 $1130 – $10
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant

Status (online filing)

$370 $390 + $20
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant

Status (paper filing)

$370 $400 + $30
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization

(Non-DACA)

$410 $550 + $140
USCIS Immigrant Fee $220 $190 – $30
Biometric Services (Non-DACA) $85 $30 – $55

 

You can view the full list of changes, and table of fees here.

To view the fee schedule, click here. 

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