File your applications before December 23, 2016 if you want to avoid immigration fee increases,. That’s the date U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services will increase fees by an average of 21 percent. These fees were last raised in 2010. Some fees will remain the same, others are going up modest amounts, and some are increasing a lot. For example, filing a K-1 fiancée visa petition will increase from $340 to $535; a waiver application under Immigration and Nationality Act section 212 will go up from $585 to $930. [This is an application to be allowed to be admitted to the U.S. after being previously deported or removed].

The complete list of new fees is available on the USCIS website. Here are some of the most common petitions and applications that our clients file:

Application or Petition NEW Fee $ OLD Fee $
I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 455 365
I–129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) 535 340
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative 535 420
I–140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker 700 580
I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document 575 360
I-212 Waiver Application After Deportation or Removal 930 585
I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status 1,140 985
I–539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status 370 290
I–751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence 595 505
I–765 Application for Employment Authorization 410 380
N–400 Application for Naturalization 640 595
N–600/N–600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship 1,170 600/550
USCIS Immigrant Fee 220 165
Biometric Services Fee 85 85

Naturalization fees will change to a three-level structure. Fee waivers are available in some cases, and a reduced fee of $320, or half the normal fee of $640, will apply to applicants with family income greater than 150 percent but not more than 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

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