If you are planning to file an application for a visa, Green Card, or naturalization, we highly recommend you do so before the end of the year. Filing fees will increase by an average of 21% on December 23, 2016. In addition, due to the uncertainty of the transition to a new President and GOP-majority Congress, we recommend filing your application now so that it will be in the queue in the event programs are taken away, modified, or application wait times increase.
For the first time in six years, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be increasing its filing fees to help cover the increasing costs of providing its services. Some increases will be substantial, others less so, and overall, fees will increase by a weighted average of 21%. Some more common and popular applications that will be affected include the following forms, which are used for Green Card, work permit, and citizenship applications: I-90, I-130, I-140, I-485, I-765, and N-400, to name a few. For more detailed information on each of these changes, and all other fee increases, check out our recent blog post here. Continue reading