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Immigration Update: USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increases

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) published new fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The fee schedule was last adjusted on November 23, 2010. The rule is in effect for applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016. The fee increase is an average of 21 percent. The table below details the fee increase for commonly filed forms.

Fee Increase Table

Application Type

Current Fee

New Fee

Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (I-129)
H-1B Visa

(plus $1,500 Training fee and $500 Fraud Prevention & Detection fee)

(plus $1,500 Training fee and $500 Fraud Prevention & Detection fee)

Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (I-129)
L Visa

(plus $500 Fraud Prevention & Detection fee)

(plus $500 Fraud Prevention & Detection fee)

Relative Petition (I-130)



Petition for Immigrant Worker (I-140)



Application to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident for applicants over age 14 (I-485)



Application for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) (I-765)



Application for Travel Document (I-131)



Application for Naturalization (N-400)



(required for various applications)



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About this Author

Kimberly A. Clarke, Varnum, Immigration Lawyer

Kim focuses her practice on immigration matters, including nonimmigrant petitions, both employment- and family-based permanent residence applications, expatriation and foreign visa issues. She has developed a strong background in the area of worker verification issues and managed clients through internal and agency Form I-9 audits, USICE compliance investigations and civil criminal charges.

In addition, Kim maintains a specialty practice of consultation with agricultural clients and handles various agricultural labor and employment issues such as compliance with...

Nina A. Thekdi, immigration lawyer, Varnum

Nina focuses her practice on business and family-based immigration matters.  Her experience encompasses nonimmigrant visa petitions including H-1B visas, L-1A and L-1B visas, TN visas under the NAFTA treaty, and O-1 visas. She also assists clients with employment-based permanent residence petitions including the labor certifications process, EB-1 extraordinary ability, EB-1 outstanding professor and researchers and EB-1 multinational managers and executives petitions; family-based permanent residence applications; naturalization applications; and foreign visa issues.   She guides clients through the process of obtaining short-term visas and permanent residence status for skilled personnel, including technical professionals, accountants, scientists, managers and executives.  Nina also provides counsel regarding effective immigration compliance programs.