U.S. immigration and citizenship applications will be more costly. Here are the new fees.

U.S. immigration and citizenship applications will be more costly. Here are the new fees.

Originally Published in the Miami Herald

Daniel Shoer Roth - August 8, 2020

Come Oct. 2, immigrants and foreign nationals in the United States will have to pay substantially more in fees to apply for many immigration and naturalization benefit requests.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published this week a final rule in the Federal Register that details the new cost for dozens of immigration and naturalization applications, including an unprecedented $50 fee for asylum-seekers.

In addition to increasing the fees by a weighted average of 20 percent, the new regulation, “also removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies intercountry adoption processing,” the Department of Homeland Security agency said.

The most drastic rate increase affect U.S. citizenship through naturalization, permanent legal residence or green cards, work visas, and documents for families or crime victims. The rule, which aims to recover the agency’s operating costs, also establishes multiple fees for non-immigrant worker applications and limits the number of beneficiaries for certain forms.

LIST OF IMMIGRATION BENEFIT REQUEST FEES FOR USCIS FORMS

According to USCIS’ final rule, these are the new immigration and naturalization forms that will be subjected to fee increases:

I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Current fee: $535. Final Fee: $560 ($550 for online filing). Percentage change: 5% (3%).

I-131, Application for Travel Document

For an individual age 16 or older:

Current fee: $135. Final Fee: $145. Percentage change: 7%.

For a child under the age of 16:

Current fee: $105. Final Fee: $115. Percentage change: 10%

I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Current fee: $575. Final Fee: $1,010. Percentage change: 76%.

I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant

Current fee: $585. Final Fee: $1,400. Percentage change: 139%.

I-193, Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa

Current fee: $585. Final Fee: $2,790. Percentage change: 377%.

I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal

Current fee: $930. Final Fee: $1,050. Percentage change: 13%.

I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion

Current fee: $675. Final Fee: $700. Percentage change: 4%.

I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

Current fee: $435. Final Fee: $450. Percentage change: 3%.

I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor

Current fee: $3,675. Final Fee: $4,010. Percentage change: 9%.

I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Current fee: $370. Final Fee: $400 ($390 for online filing). Percentage change: 8% (5%).

I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal

Current fee: $0. Final Fee: $50. Percentage change: N/A.

I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as Immediate Relative

Current fee: $775. Final Fee: $805. Percentage change: 4%.

I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility

Current fee: $930. Final Fee: $1,010. Percentage change: 9%.

I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Current fee: $630. Final Fee: $960. Percentage change: 52%.

I-690, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

Current fee: $715. Final Fee: $765. Percentage change: 7%.

I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

Current fee: $595. Final Fee: $760. Percentage change: 28%.

I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Current fee: $410. Final Fee: $550. Percentage change: 34%.

I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

Current fee: $465. Final Fee: $495. Percentage change: 6%.

I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal

Current fee: $285. Final Fee: $1,810. Percentage change: 535%.

I-924A, Annual Certification of Regional Center

Current fee: $3,035. Final Fee: $4,465. Percentage change: 47%.

I-929, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant (Victims of Criminal Activity)

Current fee: $230. Final Fee: $1,485. Percentage change: 546%.

N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intention

Current fee: $270. Final Fee: $1,305. Percentage change: 383%.

N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

Current fee: $700. Final Fee: $1,735 ($1,725 for online filing). Percentage change: 148% (146%).

N-400, Application for Naturalization

Current fee: $640. Final Fee: $1,170 ($1,160 if filed online). Percentage change: 83% (81%).

N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes

Current fee: $355. Final Fee: $1,585. Percentage change: 346%.

G-1041, Genealogy Index Search Request

Current fee: $65. Final Fee: $170 ($160 for online filing). Percentage change: 162% (146%).

G-1041A, Genealogy Records Request

Current fee: $65. Final Fee: $265 ($255 for online filing). Percentage change: 308% (292%).

Daniel Shoer Roth is a journalist covering immigration law who does not offer legal advice or individual assistance to applicants. Follow him on Twitter @DanielShoerRoth or Instagram. The contents of this story do not constitute legal advice.

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