|On September 24, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions. The final rule follows a period of public comment on a proposed version of the rule, which USCIS published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2010. After encouraging stakeholders to share their input, USCIS considered all 225 comments received. The final rule will increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent but will not increase the fee for the naturalization application.|
This rule is effective November 23, 2010. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after November 23, 2010 must include the new fee.
Highlights of the final rule include some important fee increases including: I-140 Immigration Petition for Alien Worker ($475 to $580), I-907 premium processing service ($1000 to $1225), I-129 Petition for a Non-Immigrant Worker ($320 to $325), I-130 Petition for Alien Relative ($355 to $420), and I-485 Applicant to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status ($930 to $985—excluding the $80 fingerprinting fee). The current I-485 fee listed is $1010; to clarify, this number includes the fingerprinting fee. The adjusted I-485 fee will be $1070. Again, this number includes the adjusted fingerprinting fee $85.
The measure will also reduce fees for Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé (e)) and Form I-539 (Extend Change Non-immigrant Status).
USCIS has decided against increasing naturalization fees, citing that it is in the public interest of both the United States as well as the applicant to keep the current fee. For a listing on all adjusted pricing changes, please see the chart at the bottom.
Open Offices Invitation:
We will open our Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices to the public from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday October 9, 2010. Complimentary fruits, drinks, and finger foods will be provided. You are very welcomed to visit our two offices and we will provide free consultation on site regarding F-1, H-1B, NIW, EB-1, Investment Immigration and Family Immigration.
Time and location of the open house:
Silicon Valley, CA
Time: 9:30 am ~ 12:00 pm PDT, Sat. October 9, 2010.
Host: Attorney Jerry Zhang
Address: 2225 E. Bayshore Road Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Los Angeles, CA
Time: 9:30 am ~ 12:00 pm PDT, Sat. October 9, 2010.
Host: Attorney Daqin Zhang
Address: 70 S. Lake Ave, suite 920
Pasadena, CA 91101
If you are interested in visiting our offices, you may register it free of charge by clicking the following link:
We hope to see you at our LA or Palo Alto offices.
Final Rule: Schedule of Fees
The following schedule lists the adjusted fees that will take effect on November 23, 2010, alongside the existing fees in effect until that date:
Form No. Application/Petition Description Existing Fees (effective through Nov. 22, 2010 Adjusted Fees (effective beginning Nov. 23, 2010)
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card $290 $365
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document $320 $330
I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $320 $325
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $455 $340
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative $355 $420
I-131 Application for Travel Document $305 $360
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $475 $580
I-191 Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile $545 $585
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant $545 $585
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa $545 $585
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. after Deportation or Removal $545 $585
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $585 $630
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant $375 $405
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status $930 $985
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur $1,435 $1,500
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status $300 $290
I-600/600AI-800/800A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition $670 $720
I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability $545 $585
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement $545 $585
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act $710 $1,130
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $185 $200
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act $545 $755
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of Public Law 99-603) $1,370 $1,020
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence $465 $505
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization $340 $380
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits $440 $435
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition $340 $405
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions $2,850 $3,750
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (Pursuant to Section 203 of Public Law 105–110) $285 $285
I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service $1,000 $1,225
Civil Surgeon Designation $0 $615
I-924 Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program $0 $6,230
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention $235 $250
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings $605 $650
N-400 Application for Naturalization $595 $595
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes $305 $330
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document $380 $345
N-600/600K Application for Certification of Citizenship/ Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322 $460 $600
Immigrant $0 $165
Biometrics Capturing, Processing, and Storing Biometric Information $80 $85