July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule to adjust its filing fees related to certain immigration and naturalization benefits. The stated purpose of the fee adjustment is so that USCIS can recover its operational costs. The fee adjustment will ultimately result in immigration fee increases.
Currently, many family-based immigration petitions can be filed concurrently and the fees are bundled. The new framework will unbundle many of those fees, resulting in an overall increase.
Below is a summary of the fee changes related to immigration benefit requests that the attorneys at Jarrett & Price regularly file.
- I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (online filing) – new fee $405
- I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (paper filing) – new fee $415
- I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé – new fee $510
- I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (online filing) – $550
- I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (paper filing) – $560
- I-131, Application for Travel Document – $590
- I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status – $1130
- I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver – $960
- I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence – $760
- I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (DACA only) – $410
- I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (Non–DACA) – $550
- N-400, Application for Naturalization (online filing) – $1160
- N-400, Application for Naturalization (paper filing) – $1170
- Biometric Services (Non–DACA) – $30
- Biometric Services (DACA only) – $85
While some of the fees related to certain petitions and applications has decreased, because the fees have been unbundled, the costs associated with certain family-based immigration benefits will increase significantly.
This final rule will become effective on October 2, 2020. The text of the final rule can be found here.