Beginning on October 2, 2020 the fees for forms to be filed before USCIS changed.
However, on Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Immigration Legal Resource Center et al., v. Wolf, et al., 20-cv-05883-JWS, temporarily suspended the application of the USCIS Fee Schedule.
While the rule is preliminarily enjoined, USCIS will continue to:
- Accept USCIS forms with the current editions and current fees; and
- Use the regulations and guidance currently in place to adjudicate applications and petitions. This includes accepting and adjudicating fee waiver requests as provided under Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM).
We encourage our clients that are eligible for immigration benefits to file their cases before a court decision could reverse this suspension, making more expensive their cases.
For instance, a family petition of an immediate relative which requires filing of form I-130 Petition for alien relative and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, which usually had a total cost of 1,760 including ancillary forms I-765 (Employment Authorization Document), I- 131 (application to travel document) and biometrics will increase to $2,830.
Here is a chart of the forms most usually filed with the fee’s changes. The waiver of fees was eliminated in many cases.
|Form Type||Current fee||Fee Effective 10/02/2020 or TBD|
|I-90 APLICATION TO REPLACE PERMANENT RESIDENCE CARD||$455||$405 (Online) $415(paper) Includes biometrics|
|I-129 Petition for nonimmigrant worker -129F Petition for alien fiancé(e): $535||$460||· New I-129 CW, I-129 E&TN and I-129 Misc (H-3, P or R): $695 · New I-129H1 (H-1B and H-1B1): $555 · New I-129H-2A(named beneficiaries): $850 · New I-129H-2B(n$amed beneficiaries): $715 · New I-129L(L-1): $805 · New 1-129O (O-1): $705 · New 1-129H-2A (unnamed beneficiaries): $415 · I-129F Petition for Alien fiancé (e) $510|
|I-130 Petition for Alien relative||$535||$550 (online) $560 (paper)|
|I-131 Application for travel document||$575||$590 (includes biometrics)|
|1-131 Refugee Travel Document||$135 (age 16 or older) $105 (under age 16)||$145 (age 16 or older) $115 (under age 16) Includes cost of biometrics|
|1-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker||$700|
|I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion||$675||$700|
|I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status||$1,140 $750 (child under14 years old)||$1,130 * $1,080 for 1st 1-485 filed by asylee who paid $50 fee for 1-589 and was subsequently granted asylum (Includes biometrics)|
|I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status||$370||$390 (online) $400 (paper) Includes Biometrics|
|I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence||$595||$760 Includes biometrics|
|I-765 Application for Employment Authorization||$410||$550 (Non-DACA) $410 (DACA only) Includes cost of biometrics, except for categories (c}(B) (pending asylum applicants) and (c}(37} (applicants for CNMI long-term resident status) where $30 biometrics fee is required; and category (c}(33) (DACA applicants) where $85 biometrics fee is required.|
|N-400 Application for Naturalization||$640 (or $320 reduced fee)||$1,160 (online) $1,170 (paper) Includes biometrics The $320 reduced fee will be eliminated|
|N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship||$1,170||$990 (online) $1,000 (paper)|
|Biometrics services||$85||$30 (Non-DACA) $85 (DACA only)|
1 Sources: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/03/2020-16389/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-fee-schedule-and-changes-to-certain-other-immigration