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USCIS has raised its immigration filing fees effective October 2, 2020. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after October 2, 2020, must include these new fees. Please note that USCIS will reject your submission if the fees are not correct!

New USCIS’ fees effective October 2, 2020:

Immigration Benefit Request Current Fee Final Fee Change ($) Change (%)
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (online filing) $455 $405 ($50) -11
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (paper filing) $455 $415 ($40) -9
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document $445 $485 $40 9
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
I-129H1 $460 $555 $95 21
I-129H2A – Named Beneficiaries $460 $850 $390 85
I-129H2B – Named Beneficiaries $460 $715 $255 55
I-129L $460 $805 $345 75
I-129O $460 $705 $245 53
I-129H2A – Unnamed Beneficiaries $460 $415 ($45) -10
I-129H2B – Unnamed Beneficiaries $460 $385 ($75) -16
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $535 $510 ($25) -5
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (online filing) $535 $550 $15 3
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (paper filing) $535 $560 $25 5
I-131 Application for Travel Document $575 $590 $15 3
I-131 Refugee Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older $135 $145 $10 7
I-131 Refugee Travel Document for a child under the age of 16 $105 $115 $10 10
I-131A Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation) $575 $1,010 $435 76
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $700 $555 ($145) -21
I-191 Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) $930 $790 ($140) -15
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant (CBP) $585 $1,400 $815 139
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant (USCIS) $930 $1,400 $470 51
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa $585 $2,790 $2,205 377
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal $930 $1,050 $120 13
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $675 $700 $25 4
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant $435 $450 $15 3
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence $1,140 $1,130 ($10) -1
I-485 Application to Adjust Status $750 $1,130 $380 51
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor $3,675 $4,010 $335 9
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (online filing) $370 $390 $20 5
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (paper filing) $370 $400 $30 8
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
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
I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver $630 $960 $330 52
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended) $930 $515 ($415) -45
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident $1,130 $1,130 $0 0
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $715 $765 $50 7
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision $890 $715 ($175) -20
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA) $1,670 $1,615 ($55) -3
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence $595 $760 $165 28
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (Non-DACA) $410 $550 $140 34
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (DACA only) $410 $410 $0 0
I-800/800A Adoption Petitions and Applications $775 $805 $30 4
I-800A Supplement 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A $385 $400 $15 4
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits $600 $590 ($10) -2
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition $465 $495 $30 6
I-829 Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions $3,750 $3,900 $150 4
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation $285 $1,810 $1,525 535
I-881 Application for Special Rule Cancellation of Removal $570 $1,810 $1,240 218
I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation $785 $635 ($150) -19
I-924 Application For Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program $17,795 $17,795 $0 0
I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center $3,035 $4,465 $1,430 47
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigran $230 $1,485 $1,255 546
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention $270 $1,305 $1,035 383
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (online filing) $700 $1,725 $1,025 146
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (paper filing) $700 $1,735 $1,035 148
N-400 Application for Naturalization (online filing) $640 $1,160 $520 81
N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing) $640 $1,170 $530 83
N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing) $320 $1,170 $850 266
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes $355 $1,585 $1,230 346
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (online filing) $555 $535 ($20) -4
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (paper filing) $555 $545 ($10) -2
N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (online filing) $1,170 $990 ($180) -15
N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (paper filing) $1,170 $1,000 ($170) -15
N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate (online filing) $1,170 $935 ($235) -20
N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate (paper filing) $1,170 $945 ($225) -19
USCIS Immigrant Fee $220 $190 ($30) -14
Biometric Services (Non-DACA) $85 $30 ($55) -65
Biometric Services (DACA only) $85 $85 $0 0
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request (online filing) $65 $160 $95 146
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request (paper filing) $65 $170 $105 162
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (online filing) $65 $255 $190 292
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (paper filing) $65 $265 $200 308

Source of Information:

USCIS, 7/31/20, News Release:

USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs

 

DHS Final Rule (PDF)

 

 

On Friday, July 31, 2020, DHS released their final rule on the changes to the USCIS fee schedule. Most of the USCIS fee changes are increases and for the first time a $50 fee for some Asylum seekers. These fees changes will take effect on Friday, October 2nd.

Link to the Final Rule on the USCIS fee changes, includes the new fee charts: Final Rule

 
Please visit the USCIS news release for more detailed information: USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Nebraska, Nevada and New Hampshire!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

Ask Ellis Video  – 7/19/20  – USICS Update: Green Card Production Backlog, EAD Card Delays

Ombudsman’s Office is warning that delays continue and could get worst for some secure documents issued by the USCIS. The delays are being caused by the USCIS’s reduction of its capacity to print secure documents, such as Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). Many foreign nationals are facing delays of more than a month in receiving their approved LPR (often called a green card), and EADs that are normally issued and mailed within days of approval.  Applicants are also experiencing extended delays in the time it takes USCIS to adjudicate these types of applications.  These delays are impacting both foreign nationals and their US employers.

CIS Ombudsman’s Alert Statement reason for delays:

The original Presidential Proclamation 10052 was issued on June 22, the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014 through December 31, 2020. Presidential Proclamation 10052 suspends the entry the United States of certain additional foreign nationals who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Then on Monday, June 29, the President signed an amended P.P. 10052 which details the exceptions to the proclamation.

USCIS Deputy Director for Policy, Joseph Edlow stated, “Monday’s presidential proclamation temporarily restricts certain categories of visas from being issued to protect jobs for American workers while our economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19. This does not affect those currently working in the U.S. on valid H-1B or similar visas. The proclamation also does not prevent individuals in possession of valid visas prior to the effective date of the proclamation from entering or re-entering the country, if they have been abroad, provided they have not otherwise rendered themselves inadmissible. The U.S. will continue to honor these already valid visas as we help American workers get back on their feet.”

Source of Information:

CIS Ombudsman’s Office is warning that delays continue and could get worst for some secure documents issued by the USCIS. The delays are being caused by the USCIS’s reduction of its capacity to print secure documents, such as Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). Many foreign nationals are facing delays of more than a month in receiving their approved LPR (often called a green card), and EADs that are normally issued and mailed within days of approval.  Applicants are also experiencing extended delays in the time it takes USCIS to adjudicate these types of applications.  These delays are impacting both foreign nationals and their US employers.

CIS Ombudsman’s Alert Statement reason for delays:

In June 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reduced its capacity to print secure documents, such as Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards and Employment Authorization Documents, after it ended a contract with an outside company responsible for printing these cards. According to USCIS, it intended to hire federal employees to replace the contractors; however, its financial situation resulted in a hiring freeze that has impacted the printing of these secure cards.

On Monday, July 21, 2020 the USCIS unveiled a newly designed uscis.gov website. The new design has a more open feel to help online visitors to use the already existing online tools and resources. The new website design was developed with the input from users and the public.

New USCIS.gov website features include:

  • A new user-centered design, which allows visitors to easily find immigration information and options on any device;

USCIS has announced that they have been making improves to their online Multilingual Resources located on USCIS Web Page, “Multilingual Resource Center”! This page includes a pull-down list with more then twenty different languages to choose from, each covers a  wide range of topics such as citizenship, Green Cards, employee verification, biometrics, how to report fraud and avoid immigration scams, and humanitarian programs.

Source of Information:

USCIS, 6/9/20, Web Page:

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Mississippi, Missouri and Montana!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

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