You may have read that USCIS Filing Fees are going up in 2020. We can confirm that in November 2019, an announcement was issued that the USCIS Filing Fees were going up. For some applications, the filing fee would increase less than $100. For other applications, the filing fee would increase by over $500.
These filing fee increases affect people applying for citizenship, people applying for green cards, and some people filing for temporary visas.Schedule a consultation with Karam Immigration Law
Are USCIS Filing Fees Going Up in 2020?
We know that these fees have been proposed, but we do not know for sure when they will go into effect. If you would like to avoid fee increases, you may want to start the process as soon as possible because filing fees may increase in the next few months.
Some of the biggest proposed increases were:
- N-336 Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings: from $700 to $1,755 -> increase $1,055
- N-400 Application for Naturalization: from $640 (without $85 biometrics fee) to $1,170 -> increase of $530
- N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes: from $355 to $1600 -> increase of $1245
- I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status for applicants under the age of 14 years: from $750 to $1,120 -> increase of $370
- I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant: from $930 for U and T waivers /$585 for 212(d)(3) waivers in limited circumstances ->increase of $1,415
- I-929 Petition for Family Member of U Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant: from $230 to $1515 -> increase of $1285
- I-129 L (Proposed)Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: L Classification: from $460 to $815 -> increase of $355
- I-129 MISC (Proposed)Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-3, P, Q, or R Classification: from $460 to $705 -> increase of $245
- I-129 O Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: from $460 to $715 -> increase of $255
- I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal: from $285/570 to $1,800 -> increase of $1,515/$1,230
- I-601A Application for Provisional Waiver of Inadmissibility: from $630 to $960 -> increase of $330
- I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility: from $930 to $985 -> increase of $55
These fee increases have been proposed by USCIS, but they aren’t final yet. However, many applications take weeks or months to finalize for filing with USCIS, so if you’re planning to apply for an immigration benefit, keep in mind that filing fees may increase in the next few months. Start talking to an experienced immigration attorney ASAP if you want to file ahead of any fee increases.
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