Effective on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, the filing fees for almost all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigration applications and petitions will increase by approximately 10 percent. The fee increase follows in the wake of a mandatory fee review conducted by USCIS every two years to determine whether the agency is capable of meeting its budget, 90 percent of which is derived from fees paid by applicants and petitioners seeking immigration benefits. The final rule on the fee increase was published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2010.

Businesses filing I-140 petitions for immigrant workers will face an increase of over $100. Premium processing fees will be raised by $225. Adjustment of status fees will increase by $55, and fees associated with I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant workers will increase by $5. Additionally, three new fees will be imposed:

  1. to establish a regional center designation under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program (EB-5);
  2. for individuals seeking civil surgeon designation; and
  3. for recovery of the cost of processing immigrant visas granted by the U.S. Department of State. Reductions in fees will go into effect for the following six individual applications and petitions:
  • Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) (Form I-129F);
  • Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539);
  • Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Form I-698);
  • Application for Family Unity Benefits (Form I-817);
  • Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (Form N-565); and
  • Application for Travel Document (Form I-131), when filed for Refugee Travel Document.

A complete schedule of the adjusted fees that will take effect on November 23, 2010, alongside the existing fees in effect until that date, can be found at the USCIS website (click here to see this scedule).