USCIS Raising Application Filing Fees for the First time in Six yearsUSCIS Raising Application Filing Fees for the First time in Six years
By H. Glenn Fogle, Jr., Principal Member of The Fogle Law Firm, LLC

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the adjudication branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are raising their application fees again, and depending on what type of application you are filing, it may cost you significantly more to file immigration petitions and applications after December 23, 2016.

Though some of the fees are only modestly raised, there are substantial increases on a number of the most common applications. For instance: the I-90 Application to replace Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”)—from $365 to $455 (plus an $85 biometrics fee); I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker—from $325 to $460; I-129F Fiancé(e) Visa from $340 to $535; I-131 Application for Travel Document–$360 to $575; Application for Adjustment of Status (“Green Card” Application)—from $985 to $1,140 (plus $85 biometrics fee) and most of the Waiver Applications are almost doubling from $585 to $930. The full list of the fee increases can be found at: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/our-fees

USCIS attributes raising the fees to cost of “fraud detection and national security, customer service and case processing.” Though the normal expectation of such significant fee hikes would accompany increased productivity and efficiency, based on our observation of and experience with USCIS and its predecessor, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), over the past 25 years it is not likely that the fee increases will result in demonstrable faster processing times and customer service. However, that remains to be seen.

The increased fees make it even more important to make sure that you have the best Immigration Attorney representation when filing any applications or petitions with USCIS, as mistakes, omissions, lack of experience or knowledge can cause your case to be denied and result in even greater costs to refile or correct mistakes. The Fogle Law Firm, LLC, one of the nation’s top boutique Immigration Law firms, has successfully represented many thousands of clients over the past 25 years and has the knowledge, expertise and experience to handle any immigration case.