For the first time in six years, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased its filing fees by a weighted average of 21% for numerous immigration applications and petitions. USCIS announced the increase in a final rule published in the Federal Register, noting that the increase will go into effect on December 23, 2016. The department explained that because USCIS is primarily funded by these fees, an increase was necessary in order to fully cover the costs of providing its services.
One of the steepest increases is the fee for EB-5 applications, especially Form I-526 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneur), which will increase from $1,500 to $3,675 – an almost 145% increase. Furthermore, USCIS also added a $3,035 fee for the I-924A – Annual Certification of Regional Center, an essential form for EB-5 applicants applying through regional centers.
Other popular forms that will also increase include the popular I-90, I-130, I-140, I-485, I-765, N-400, which are used for Green Card, work permit, and citizenship applications.
For more information about these fee increases view the official USCIS announcement here. If you plan on filing any of these forms within the next few months, you can save money on filing fees by filing before costs increase on December 23,2016. Due to the uncertainty that will follow the recent political elections, we recommend filing your application before new officials take office in January 2017.
Below is a chart highlighting and comparing these major fee changes: Continue reading