USCIS Application Fees Increase October 2, 2020

USCIS has announced a significant fee increase for most applications. The new fees are set to go into effect on October 2, 2020. If the fees for your process are going up, to avoid the fee increase, be sure to file your application prior to October 2, 2020.

Here is the chart of the adjustments on filing fees of various processes.

Immigration Benefit RequestCurrent FeeFinal FeeChange ($) Percentage Change
 I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (online filing)$445 $405 -$50 -11%
 I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (paper filing) $445 $415 -$40 -9%
 I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document $445 $485 $409%
 I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker $460 N/A N/A N/A
      I-129CW, I-129E&TN, and I-129MISC $460 $695$23551%
      I-129H1 $460 $555$9521%
      I-129H2A – Named Beneficiaries $460 $850$39085%
      I-129H2B – Named Beneficiaries $460 $715 $25555%
      I-129L $460$805$34575%
      I-129O $460 $705$24553%
      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$153%
 I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (paper filing) $535 $560$255%
 I-131 Application for Travel Document $575 $590$153%
 I-131 Refugee Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older $135 $145$107%
 I-131 Refugee Travel Document for a child under the age of 16 $105 $115$1010%
 I-131A Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation) $575 $1,010$43576%
 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$815139%
 I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant (USCIS) $930 $1,400$47051%
 I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa $585 $2,790 $2,205377%
 I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal $930$1,050$12013%
 I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $675 $700$254%
 I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant $435 $450$153%
 I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence$1,140 $1,130-$10-1%
or Adjust Status  $750 $1,130$38051%
 I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor $3,675 $4,010$3359%
 I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (online filing) $370 $390$205%
 I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (paper filing) $370$400$308%
 I-589 Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal $0 $50$50N/A
 I-600/600A Adoption Petitions and Applications $775 $805$304%
 I-600A Supplement 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-600A N/AN/A N/A N/A
 I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability $930$1,010$809%
 I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver $630 $960$33052%
 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$00%
 I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $715 $765$507%
 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$16528%
 I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (Non-DACA) $410 $550$14034%
 I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (DACA only)$410 $410$00%
 I-800/800A Adoption Petitions and Applications $775 $805$304%
 I-800A Supplement 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A $385 $400$154%
 I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits $600 $590-$10-2%
 I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition $465 $495$306%
 I-829 Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions $3,750 $3,900$1504%
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation $285$1,810$1,525535%
Special Rule Cancellation of Removal $570 $1,810$1,240218%
 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$1,43047%
 I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant $230 $1,485$1,255546%
 N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention$270$1,305$1,035383%
 N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (online filing) $700 $1,725$1,025146%
 N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (paper filing) $700$1,735$1,035148%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (online filing) $640 $1,160$52081%
 N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing) $640/$320 $1,170$530/$85083%/266%
 N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes $355 $1,585$1,230346%
 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-$20-2%
 N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (online filing)  $1,770$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$00%
 G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request (online filing)  $65 $160$95146%
 G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request (paper filing)  $65 $170$105162%
 G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (online filing)  $65 $225$190292%
 G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (paper filing) $65 $265$200308%

USCIS 2020 Fee Increases – A Few Things To Note

There is now a fee for Applications for Political Asylum. In the past, those applications were fully subsidized by other filing fees and no applicant was charged a fee.

The fee “decrease” for an I-485 application is disingenuous. In 2007, USCIS drastically increased the I-485 filing fee from a few hundred dollars to over $1000. The way they justified the fee increase was by including the fees for employment authorization applications and advance parole travel document applications. As long as an I-485 Application remains pending, there would be no fee charged for the work and travel authorization applications.

Rather than tracking the fee increase back to 2007 when we had separate fees for I-485 Applications and I-765 and I-131 application, they have declared a fee “decrease” on I-485 Applications to $10 less than the current price. The problem is they are now going to require separate filing fees to be paid for the I-765 and I-131 application – each time one is filed. That means if USCIS is delaying the processing of an I-485 Application and the applicant has to file a renewal of the employment and travel authorization documents, there will be an additional fee of over $1,000. The real fee increase is from $1,140 for all of those to $2,270, plus $1140 for each renewal of the work and travel permits! They have hidden the actual increase by removing the bundling effect they used to justify the significant increase in 2007. Really they should calculate the fee relative to the last time we had a fee schedule without the bundle and it would show a ridiculous 300% increase in the I-485 fee.

The I-129 Form is used to file petitions for employment-based visa options, such as TN, H-1B, E-2 and L-1. The various visa classification types will now have separate fees rather than just having one for I-129.

One of the most shocking increases is fortunately for a rarely used application, Form I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa. What was a $535 filing fee has now become $2,790, an increase of 377 percent!

More commonly used is the N-470 form, which is for someone to be outside the US while preserving their continuous presence for naturalization purposes. The fee is increasing from $355 to $1585, a whopping 345 percent increase.

The takeaway from this announcement is that for most applications, plan on filing prior to the effective date of October 2, 2020. This is especially critical for those who are eligible to file an Application for Adjustment of Status as the work and travel authorization renewals will be included in the price for as long as it takes USCIS to make a final decision.