USCIS announced that, effective December 23, 2016, it will increase its filing fees by a weighted average of approximately 21% for most applications and petitions. Some notable filing fee increases include: I-129 Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker (i.e., H-1B, L-1, H-2B) from $325 to $460; I-140 Immigrant Worker Petition from $580 to $700; and I-485 Application to Adjust of Status to Permanent Resident from $985 to $1140 (plus unchanged biometric fee of $85).
Please note that this is the first time in 6 years that USCIS has increased their fees. USCIS attributes these new fees to increased internal processing costs. We recommend that Employers and individuals should submit filings prior to the new fee effective date, if feasible.
Please see attached links for more details:
- USCIS Press Release: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-final-rule-adjusting-immigration-benefit-application-and-petition-fees
- USCIS Fee Comparison Chart: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/our-fees