USCIS Announces Final Rule Adjusting Immigration Benefit Application and Petition Fees.

     U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a final rule adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees will be effective December 23, 2016.

     Please note that Form G-1055 will not reflect the new fees until the effective date. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them.

     Fees will increase for the first time in six years, by an average of 21 percent for most applications and petitions.  These increases are an attempt by the Service to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. These include the costs associated with fraud detection and national security, customer service and case processing, and providing services without charge to refugee and asylum applicants and to other customers eligible for fee waivers or exemptions.

Highlights to Price Increases Include:

·         A modest fee increase of $45, or 8 percent, from $595 to $640 for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

·         USCIS will offer a reduced filing fee of $320 for naturalization applicants with family incomes greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For 2016, this means, for example, that a household of four with an income between $36,000 and $48,600 per year could pay the reduced fee. Those eligible may apply for this option using the new Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee.

·         The fee for Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322, will increase from $550 or 600 to $1,170.

·         A new fee of $3,035 is required for Form I-924A, Annual Certification of Regional Center.

·         I-751 Petitions to Remove Conditions fees will increase from $505 to $595.

·         I-765 Applications for Employment Authorization fees will increase from $380 to $410.

For other fee increase information please visit the USCIS fee website at https://www.uscis.gov/forms/our-fees