Aug 3

USCIS Fee Increases- Effective October 2, 2020

As the U.S. and the world are adjusting to living
through a pandemic, foreign nationals seeking U.S. Immigration benefits will
soon face substantial fee increases.  A
FINAL RULE concerning USCIS fee increases will be published on August 3, 2020
and will be effective 60 days later (October 2, 2020).

We have highlighted a brief list of fee increases
scheduled for October 2, 2020.

  1. H-1(H-1B
    and H-1B1) Skilled Workers; see Proposed I129H-1 Petition (Form) and
    Proposed 129H-1 Petition (Instructions) Current Fee (Base I-129 Fee): $460.00  -Proposed Fee: $560.00
  2. O
    (O-1) Extraordinary Ability: Current Fee: $460.00 – Proposed Fee $715.00
  3. E-2
    Treaty Investor/Treaty Trader & TN Skilled Worker from Canada and Mexico
    under NAFTA
    (E and NAFTA TN) Current Fee: $460.00- Proposed Fee  $705.00
  4. MISC
    (H-3 Trainee, P Internationally Recognized Athlete, R Religious Worker)
    Current Fee: $460.00- Proposed Fee $705.00
  5. L
    (L-1) Intra-Company Transferee Current Fee: $460.00- Proposed Fee: $815
  6. I-131
    Application for Travel Document (including advance parole) Current Fee $575.00
    Proposed Fee: $585.00
  7. I-140
    Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Current Fee: $700.00 Proposed Fee: $545.00
  8. I-485
    Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Current
    Fee: $1,140.00 and Proposed Fee  $1,120.00

The base I-485
application fee will be lowered. 
However, the fee for Form I-765 (employment) and Form I-131 (travel/advance
will no longer be included.
$1,120 for adjustment, $545.00 for employment, and $ 585.00 for advance parole,
results in fees of $2,250, a 97% net hike of $1,110.

  • I-539; Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status: Current $370.00-Proposed  $400.00
  • Application for Employment Authorization: Current $410.00  Proposed $490.00
  • N-400 Naturalization (Citizenship) Current $640.00- Proposed $1,160.00