In October, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced they would
be increasing the fees required for many applications and petitions immigration.
These new increases will go into effect the starting December 23. The
USCIS claims these increases will help them hire more immigration officials
to help with the backlog of immigration applications waiting to processed.
They also stated that the increase would help cope with the rising cost
of fraud detection, national security, and customer service.
Fees that will be increased as of December 23, 2016:
- Nonimmigrant petition filings for Form I-129 will increase from $325 to $460
- Immigrant petition for alien worker increases from $580 to $700
- Application to register permanent residence Form I-1485 increases from
$1070 to $1225
- Fiancé petition raises from $380 to $535
Naturalization fee waivers will still be available where applicable. Families
with incomes no greater than 150% over the poverty income but not over
200% are eligible to apply for a reduced application fee of $405. Any
applications, petitions or forms postmarked after December 23, 2016, will
be rejected for insufficient payment.
The USCIS recognizes how much of a hardship these increased fees can be
on families and points out that they denied recommendations to increase
fees in the fiscal year of 2012 and 2014 for this reason, but due to increasing
costs of processing, must approve the fee increase for this fiscal year review.
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