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Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recovers its costs of services.

As required by federal law, USCIS conducted a comprehensive biennial fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services. DHS states that it is adjusting USCIS fees by a weighted average increase of 20% to help recover its operational costs. Citing that current fees would leave the agency underfunded by about $1 billion per year.

DHS states that the new rule accounts for increased costs to adjudicate immigration benefit requests, detect and deter immigration fraud, and thoroughly vet applicants, petitioners and beneficiaries. Also stating that the rule also supports payroll, technology and operations to accomplish the USCIS mission. The rule removes certain fee exemptions, includes new nominal fees for asylum applicants, and reduces fee waivers to help recover the costs of adjudication.

This final rule also encourages online filing by providing a $10 reduction in the fee for applicants who submit forms online that are electronically available from USCIS. Online filing is the most secure, efficient, cost-effective and convenient way to submit a request with USCIS.

For a full list of changes and a complete table of final fees, see the final rule.

This final rule is effective Oct. 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date must include payment of the new, correct fees established by this final rule.

Table 1: Non-Statutory IEFA Immigration Benefit Request Fees

Immigration Benefit Request

Current Fee

Final Fee

Change ($)

Percentage Change

I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (online filing)

$455

$405

-$50

-11 percent

I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (paper filing)

$455

$415

-$40

-9 percent

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

$445

$485

$40

9 percent

I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker

$460

N/A

N/A

N/A

I-129CW, I-129E&TN, and I-129MISC

$460

$695

$235

51 percent

 

Immigration Benefit Request

Current Fee

Final Fee

Change ($)

Percentage Change

I-129H1

$460

$555

$95

21 percent

I-129H2A – Named Beneficiaries

$460

$850

$390

85 percent

I-129H2B – Named Beneficiaries

$460

$715

$255

55 percent

I-129L

$460

$805

$345

75 percent

I-129O

$460

$705

$245

53 percent

I-129H2A – Unnamed Beneficiaries

$460

$415

-$45

-10 percent

I-129H2B – Unnamed Beneficiaries

$460

$385

-$75

-16 percent

I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

$535

$510

-$25

-5 percent

I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (online filing)

$535

$550

$15

3 percent

I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (paper filing)

$535

$560

$25

5 percent

I-131 Application for Travel Document

$575

$590

$15

3 percent

I-131 Refugee Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older

$135

$145

$10

7 percent

I-131 Refugee Travel Document for a child under the age of 16

$105

$115

$10

10 percent

I-131A Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

$575

$1,010

$435

76 percent

I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

$700

$555

-$145

-21 percent

I-191 Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)

$930

$790

-$140

-15 percent

I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant (CBP)4

$585

$1,400

$815

139 percent

I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant (USCIS)

$930

$470

51 percent

I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa

$585

$2,790

$2,205

377 percent

I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal

$930

$1,050

$120

13 percent

I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion

$675

$700

$25

4 percent

I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

$435

$450

$15

3 percent

I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence

$1,140

$1,130

-$10

-1 percent

 

Immigration Benefit Request

Current Fee

Final Fee

Change ($)

Percentage Change

or Adjust Status5

$750

$380

51 percent

I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor

$3,675

$4,010

$335

9 percent

I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (online filing)

$370

$390

$20

5 percent

I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (paper filing)

$370

$400

$30

8 percent

I-589 Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal

$0

$50

$50

N/A

I-600/600A Adoption Petitions and Applications

$775

$805

$30

4 percent

I-600A Supplement 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-600A

N/A

$400

N/A

N/A

I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability

$930

$1,010

$80

9 percent

I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

$630

$960

$330

52 percent

I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended)

$930

$515

-$415

-45 percent

I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident

$1,130

$1,130

$0

0 percent

I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

$715

$765

$50

7 percent

I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision-

$890

$715

-$175

-20 percent

I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA)

$1,670

$1,615

-$55

-3 percent

I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

$595

$760

$165

28 percent

I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (Non-DACA)

$410

$550

$140

34 percent

I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (DACA only) 6

$410

$410

$0

0 percent

I-800/800A Adoption Petitions and Applications

$775

$805

$30

4 percent

I-800A Supplement 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A

$385

$400

$15

4 percent

I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits

$600

$590

-$10

-2 percent

I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

$465

$495

$30

6 percent

I-829 Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions

$3,750

$3,900

$150

4 percent

I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or

$285

$1,810

$1,525

535 percent

 

Immigration Benefit Request

Current Fee

Final Fee

Change ($)

Percentage Change

Special Rule Cancellation of Removal7

$570

$1,240

218 percent

I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation

$785

$635

-$150

-19 percent

I-924 Application For Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program

$17,795

$17,795

$0

0 percent

I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center

$3,035

$4,465

$1,430

47 percent

I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant

$230

$1,485

$1,255

546 percent

N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention

$270

$1,305

$1,035

383 percent

N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (online filing)

$700

$1,725

$1,025

146 percent

N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (paper filing)

$700

$1,735

$1,035

148 percent

N-400 Application for Naturalization (online filing)

$640

$1,160

$520

81 percent

N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing)8

$640

$1,170

$530

83 percent

$320

$850

266 percent

N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes

$355

$1,585

$1,230

346 percent

N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (online filing)

$555

$535

-$20

-4 percent

N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (paper filing)

$555

$545

-$10

-2 percent

N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (online filing)

$1,170

$990

-$180

-15 percent

N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (paper filing)

$1,170

$1,000

-$170

-15 percent

N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate (online filing)

$1,170

$935

-$235

-20 percent

N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate (paper filing)

$1,170

$945

-$225

-19 percent

USCIS Immigrant Fee

$220

$190

-$30

-14 percent

Biometric Services (Non-DACA)9

$85

$30

-$55

-65 percent

Biometric Services (DACA only)10

$85

$85

$0

0 percent

G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request (online filing)

$65

$160

$95

146 percent

 

Immigration Benefit Request

Current Fee

Final Fee

Change ($)

Percentage Change

G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request (paper filing)

$65

$170

$105

162 percent

G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (online filing)

$65

$255

$190

292 percent

G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (paper filing)

$65

$265

$200

308 percent