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USCIS Filing Fees to Increase After November 23, 2010

October 6th, 2010 by Romona Paden

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  • Form I-90 Application Replace or a Renew Green Card,
  • Form I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence,
  • Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative,
  • Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident,
  • Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization,
  • Form N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship,
  • Form I-824 Application for Duplicate Approval Notice,
  • Form I-140 Immigration Petition for Alien Worker,
  • Form I-131 Application for Travel Document,
  • Form I-102 Application to Replace Arrival/Departure record,

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced in September of 2010 that they would increase certain USCIS application and petition filing fees on November 23, 2010. If you are eligible, it is highly recommended to file your USCIS application or petition prior to November 23, 2010 to avoid the USCIS filing fee increase. The following are some of the application and petitions that will be affected by the fee increase.

The current USCIS filing fee for Form I-90, Application Replace or a Renew Green Card, is $290.00 On November 23, 2010, the filing fee will go up to $365.00. Individuals with expired/expiring green card in the next 180 days should file to have their green card renewal replaced now before the fee increases. If you are currently eligible and are planning to file Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence, the USCIS filing fee is currently $465.00. If you will be filing form I-751 after November 23, 2010 this fee will increase to $505.00.

Sponsoring a family member so that they can be come US permanent residents (green card holder) requires filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relatives, which has a $355.00 filing fee with USCIS. If you wait until after November 23, 2010, the filing fee for Form I-130, the immigrant petition for relatives, will increase to $420. 00.

The USCIS filing fee for Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident is currently $930.00. This application to Adjust Status will increase to $985.00 USCIS filing fee after November 23, 2010.

If you are required to submit an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) the current USCIS filing fee is $340.00. If you file form I-765 after November 23, 2010 you will be subject to a USCIS fee increase of $380.00

Form N-600, Application of Certificate of Citizenship, will have the largest impact on USCIS Fee increases. If you file your Certificate of Citizenship Form N-600 now, the USCIS filing is $460.00. If you wait to file form N-600 after November 23, 2010 you will be require to pay USCIS a $600.00 filing fee.

Form I-824, Application of Duplicate Approval Notice, to replace your I-797 approval notice, has a current USCIS filing fee of $340.00. After November 23, 2010 the filing fee to submit Form I-824 so that you can replace you approval notice will be $405.00.

The current USCIS filing fee for submitting the Immigration Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140) is 475.00. If you wait to file the Immigration Petition using Form I-140 after November 23, 2010, you will be required to pay a USCIS filing fee of $580.00.

Currently, filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document requires paying the USCIS a fee of $305.00. If you will require a travel document it is recommended to file before November 23, 2010 when the USCIS fee increase will be $360.00 for most cases.

There is currently a $320.00 filing fee to submit Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document, to USCIS. After November 23, 2010 the USCIS fee will increase to $330.00

After a review conducted by the USCIS on application fees it was decided that the current application filing fees do not cover all cost of services provided. Based on that determination, the Department of decided to increase the USCIS filing fees to cover administrative costs and to maintain a level of service standards.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This USCIS Fee increase is effective November 23, 2010. Applications or petitions mailed/postmarked or submitted to be filed on or after November 23, 2010 must include the new USCIS Application fee.

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