On December 23, 2016, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will increase filing fees for the vast majority of immigration applications and petitions filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The DHS action to increase USCIS filing fees became a final rule when published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2016, with the fee increase effective 60 days later.
The agency's decision is based on financial research demonstrating that USCIS would operate at an annual deficit of approximately $560 million if it continued at current fee levels. The current fee schedule was last adjusted on November 23, 2010.
The new fee schedule will increase government filing fees by a weighted average of 21 percent across all petition / application types, although the increase for each specific form will vary based on financial considerations. Multiple immigration benefit categories will see an increase including employment-based, family and dependant-based, investor-based and naturalization applications. For example, Form I-129, which is used for employment-based temporary worker petitions filed with USCIS, such as H-1B specialty workers and L-1 intracompany transferees, will see a fee increase from $325 USD to $460 USD. Also, Form I-140, which is used for employment-based immigrant worker (green card) petitions filed with USCIS, will see a fee increase from $580 USD to $700 USD.
For more information on the increase in filing fees issued by DHS, please contact a member of our team.