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USCIS: FEE AND FORM CHANGES

USCIS on August 03, 2020 has published a final rule that increases the filing fees for certain petitions. The new rule also removes certain fee exemptions and changes the premium processing time limits. Applications, petitions, and requests with a postmark date on or after October 02, 2020, must include the new fee unless one is exempt from paying the fee per the form’s filing instructions. Specially, there is significant fees increase for the Adjustment of Status Petitions, under the final rule, USCIS will now require separate fees for Form I-765 ($550) and Form I-131 ($590) filed in connection with the Form I-485 fee ($1,130), previously one was not required to pay separate fees for the Form I-765 and Form I-131. Accordingly, as of October 2, 2020, an Adjustment of Status Petition can cause as much as $2,270, an increase of $1,045 per applicant.

In addition, USCIS is revising Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) and Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization), the new forms must be used from October 02, 2020 onwards. USCIS will be publishing the revised forms on their website as early as September 02, 2020. Also, as per the Final Rule, USCIS will require employers with more than 50 employees, 50% of whom are in H-1B or L-1 status, to pay an additional $4,000 when petitioning for an initial, extension, and change of employer H-1B, or $4,500 for an initial and extension L-1. The final rule also changes the processing period for the cases filed under premium processing from 15 calendar days to 15 business days and allows USCIS to increase the premium processing fees annually.

 

Also, as per the Final Rule, “DHS is incorporating the biometric services cost into the underlying immigration benefit request fee instead of charging a flat $85 biometric services fee… Although DHS eliminates the separate biometrics service fee of $85 for many application types in this final rule, it establishes fees for most forms to reflect the estimated full cost of adjudication, including the cost of biometric services that are typically associated with that form. Thus, DHS will continue to recover the cost of providing biometric services, but it will do so by adjusting form fees to reflect the total cost of an adjudication, including providing biometric services.” However, a separate $30 or $85 biometric fee will be required for certain applications only.

The Final Rule states:

  • “DHS will require a $30 biometric services fee for an applicant for asylum or an alien approved for parole who applies for employment authorization (c)(8)’s, TPS initial applications and re-registrations, EOIR applicants, and term CNMI resident program applicants.”
  • “To request a DACA renewal, DHS will continue to require the $410 Form I-765 fee and the $85 biometric services fee that were in effect before September 5, 2017.”

The Table below provides the increased fee.

Form No. Form Title Fees till October 01, 2020 Fees from October 02, 2020 Change
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request $65 $170* $105
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request $65 $265* $200
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card  

$455

 

$415*

 

-$50

I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document  

 

 

$445

 

 

 

$485

 

 

 

$40

I129 (H-1B) Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $460 $555 $95
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $535 $510 -$25
I-129 E&

I-129 TN

Application for Nonimmigrant Worker: E or TN Classification $460 $695 $235
I-129 (L-1) Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: L Classification $460 $805 $345
I-129 (O-1) Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: O Classification $460 $705 $705
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative $535 $560* $25
I-130A Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary $0 $0 $0
I-131 Application for Travel Document $575 $590 $15
I-131 Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older $135 $145 $10
I-131 I-131 Refugee Travel Document for a child under the age of 16 $105 $115 $10
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $700 $555 -$145
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal $930 $1050 $120
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $675 $700 $25
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant $435 $450 $15
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (an individual regardless of age) $1140 $1,130 -$10
I-485A Supplement A to Form I-485, Adjustment of Status Under Section 245 (i) $1000 $1000 $0
I-485J Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability Under INA Section 204(j)  

 

$0

$0 $0
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur $3675 $4,010 $335
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Paper Filing) $370 $400* (New Fees includes the Biometrics fee) $30
I-539A Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status $85 (Biometric Fees) $0 -$85
I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative $775 $805 $30
I-600A Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition $775 $805 $30
I-600A/I-600 Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-600A/I-600 $0                  $400 $400
I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $930 $1,010 $80
I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver $630 $960 $330
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $715 $765 $50
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision under Section 210 or 245A $890 $715 -$175
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA) $1670 $1,615 -$55
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence $595 $760 $165
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (Non-DACA) $410 $550 (Biometric Fees is included) $140
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (DACA Only) $410 $410 (Biometric Fees of $85 is extra) $0
I-800 Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative $775 $805 $30
I-800A Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country $775 $805 $30
I-800A Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A $385 $400 $15
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits $600 $590 -$10
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status: Initial Registration/Re-registration $50 for first applications ($0 for re-registrations) $50+$30; $0+$30 ($30 is the biometrics fee) $30
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Renewal) $0 $0 $0
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition $465 $495 $30
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status $3750 $3,900 $150
I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation $785 $635 -$150
I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program $17,795 $17,795 $0
I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center $3,035 $4,465 $1,430
I-941 Application for Entrepreneur Parole $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency $0 $0 $0
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention $270 $1,305 $1,035
N-336 Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceeding Under Section 336 $700 $1,735* $1,025
N-400 Application for Naturalization $640 $1,170* (Includes the Biometric Fees) $520
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes $355 $1,585 $1,230
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document $555 $545* -$10
N-600 Application for Certification of Citizenship $1,170 $1,000 -$170
N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 $1,170 $945 -$225
USCIS Immigrant Fee N/A $220 $190 -$30
Biometric Services (Non-DACA) N/A $85 $30 -$55
Biometric Services (DACA Only) N/A $85 $85 $0

 

Disclaimer

This article aims to provide new information concerning USCIS fee increase and other changes. This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any immigration questions, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).

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