The summer of 2007 marked several changes in the U.S. immigration process, notably the widespread availability of visa numbers and significant fee increases. As USCIS continues to process adjustment of status applications (and accompanying I-765 and I-131 applications) received in July and August 2007, there has been some discrepancy as to which fees apply. USCIS has even rejected some applications for insufficient fees.

For filings rejected for insufficient fees, there are two options for appealing:

Via Mail: Applicants may resubmit the filing, using the cover letter to address which fees were paid and, if available, tracking information showing the postmark and receipt dates. Attach a bright color sheet with the declaration: ATTN: CRU SUPERVISOR- CASE IMPROPERLY REJECTED FOR FEES.

Via E-mail: Applicants may contact the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) liaison via e-mail. Use FEE REJECTION for the subject line and include the following: 

  • Attorney’s Name 
  • Alien’s Name, Date of Birth, and Country of Birth 
  • Form Type(s) 
  • Dates of Postmark and Receipt 
  • Fee Amounts 
  • Service Center

Note that these options are valid only for the I-485 Adjustment of Status and the accompanying I-131 Advance Parole and/or I-765 Employment Authorization applications. Fees for the I-140 Immigrant Worker Petition, even if filed concurrently with the I-485, remain subject to the increased fee change effective July 30.