Immigrants and foreign nationals in the United States will have to pay substantially more in fees to apply for many immigration and naturalisation benefit requests.
Miami Herald reports the new fees come into effect on 2 October.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that details the new cost of immigration and naturalisation applications, including an unprecedented $50 fee for asylum-seekers.
In addition to increasing the fees by a weighted average of 20%, the new regulation “also removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies intercountry adoption processing,” the Department of Homeland Security said.
The most drastic rate increase affect US citizenship through naturalisation, permanent legal residence or green cards, work visas, and documents for families or crime victims.
Miami Herald reports the USCIS’ rule, which aims to recover the agency’s operating costs, also establishes multiple fees for non-immigrant worker applications and limits the number of beneficiaries for certain forms.
According to USCIS’ final rule, these are the new immigration and naturalisation forms that will be subjected to fee increases:
I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
Current fee: $535. Final Fee: $560 ($550 for online filing). Percentage change: 5% (3%).
I-131, Application for Travel Document
For an individual age 16 or older:
Current fee: $135. Final Fee: $145. Percentage change: 7%.
For a child under the age of 16:
Current fee: $105. Final Fee: $115. Percentage change: 10%
I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
Current fee: $575. Final Fee: $1,010. Percentage change: 76%.
I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Non-immigrant
Current fee: $585. Final Fee: $1,400. Percentage change: 139%.
I-193, Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa
Current fee: $585. Final Fee: $2,790. Percentage change: 377%.
I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal
Current fee: $930. Final Fee: $1,050. Percentage change: 13%.
I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion
Current fee: $675. Final Fee: $700. Percentage change: 4%.
I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
Current fee: $435. Final Fee: $450. Percentage change: 3%.
I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor
Current fee: $3,675. Final Fee: $4,010. Percentage change: 9%.
I-539, Application To Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status
Current fee: $370. Final Fee: $400 ($390 for online filing). Percentage change: 8% (5%).
I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
Current fee: $0. Final Fee: $50. Percentage change: N/A.
I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as Immediate Relative
Current fee: $775. Final Fee: $805. Percentage change: 4%.
I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility
Current fee: $930. Final Fee: $1,010. Percentage change: 9%.
I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
Current fee: $630. Final Fee: $960. Percentage change: 52%.
I-690, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
Current fee: $715. Final Fee: $765. Percentage change: 7%.
I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
Current fee: $595. Final Fee: $760. Percentage change: 28%.
I-765, Application for Employment Authorisation
Current fee: $410. Final Fee: $550. Percentage change: 34%.
I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition
Current fee: $465. Final Fee: $495. Percentage change: 6%.
I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal
Current fee: $285. Final Fee: $1,810. Percentage change: 535%.
I-924A, Annual Certification of Regional Centre
Current fee: $3,035. Final Fee: $4,465. Percentage change: 47%.
I-929, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Non-immigrant (Victims of Criminal Activity)
Current fee: $230. Final Fee: $1,485. Percentage change: 546%.
N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intention
Current fee: $270. Final Fee: $1,305. Percentage change: 383%.
N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalisation Proceedings
Current fee: $700. Final Fee: $1,735 ($1,725 for online filing). Percentage change: 148% (146%).
N-400, Application for Naturalisation
Current fee: $640. Final Fee: $1,170 ($1,160 if filed online). Percentage change: 83% (81%).
N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalisation Purposes
Current fee: $355. Final Fee: $1,585. Percentage change: 346%.
G-1041, Genealogy Index Search Request
Current fee: $65. Final Fee: $170 ($160 for online filing). Percentage change: 162% (146%).
G-1041A, Genealogy Records Request
Current fee: $65. Final Fee: $265 ($255 for online filing). Percentage change: 308% (292%).