A USCIS final rule appearing in the Federal Register on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, increases petition and application fees by an average of ten percent. Most notable for employers and employees, the Form I-140 Immigrant (Green card) Petition fee is increased from $475 to $580; the Form I-485 Adjustment of Status application fee is increased from $930 to $985; and the I-765 Employment Authorization Document application fee is increased from $340 to $380. There is a small increase for Form I-129 Nonimmigrant Petitions (H and L visa petitions) from $320 to $325. USCIS is also increasing its Premium Processing Fee from $1,000 to $1,225. The new fees apply to all filings postmarked on and after Nov. 23, 2010. Petitioners and applicants with time-sensitive filings need to be especially cognizant of the new fees. USCIS will reject as improperly filed any filing postmarked after Nov. 23 that contains the old fee. For more information, click here.