USCIS Fee and Form Changes 2016

February 16, 2017

 

USCIS published a final USCIS fee rule on October 24, 2016 [81 FR 73292]. The new fees became effective 60 days later, on December 23, 2016. "Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fee." See the table below for new fee amounts.

USCIS has also updated numerous forms (see https://www.uscis.gov/forms-updates). The latest edition of the following forms must be used for all such forms received by USCIS on and after February 21, 2017:

  • The 12/23/2016 latest version of the following forms must be used for all filings received by USCIS on and after February 21, 2017: I-90, I-102, I-129CW, I-129F, I-130, I-131, I-131A, I-191, I-192, I-212, I-290B, I-360, I-525, I-539, I-600, I-600A, I-601, I-601A, I-612, I-690, I-694, I-698, I-751, I-800, I-800A, I-817, I-824, I-910, I-924, I-924A, I-929, I-942, I-942P, N-300, N-336, N-400, N-470, N-600, and N-600K.

  • The 01/17/2017 latest version of the following forms must be used for all filings received by USCIS on and after February 21, 2017: I-140; I-485, I-485 Supplement A, I-765.

  • Starting February 21, 2017, USCIS will only accept the latest edition of the above forms, as indicated. Prior editions will be rejected starting February 21, 2017. All applications and petitions must also be submitted with the applicable new fee, regardless of form version.

  • One of the main exceptions to the February 21, 2017 deadline for using the latest version of a form is Form I-129. The latest version of Form I-129 is 01/17/17, but for now USCIS will continue to accept previous editions of Form I-129 dated 12/23/16, 08/13/15, 03/26/15 and 10/23/14.

Also, beginning on December 23, 2016, USCIS will no longer grant a 14-day grace period to correct a failed fee payment. USCIS will immediately reject a benefit request for nonpayment in cases of a failed fee payment.

Quick-Reference of Changes to Fees for Frequently Used Forms

Form # Form Title Prior Fee Effective 12/23/2016 % Change

I-102

Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document

$330

$ 445

35%

I-129

Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker

$325

$ 460

42%

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

$580

$ 700

21%

I-290B

Notice of Appeal or Motion

$630

$ 675

7%

I-485

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

$985

$ 1,140

16%

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

$290

$ 370

28%

I-765

Application for Employment Authorization

$380

$ 410

8%

Table of All Changes to USCIS Fees Effective December 23, 2016

Form # Form Title Prior Fee Effective 12/23/2016 % Change

G-1041

Genealogy Index Search Request

$20

$ 65

225%

G-1041A

Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm)

$20

$ 65

225%

G-1041A

Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record)

$35

$ 65

86%

I-90

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

$365

$ 455

25%

I-102

Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document

$330

$ 445

35%

I-129

Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker

$325

$ 460

42%

I-129F

Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

$340

$ 535

57%

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

$420

$ 535

27%

I-131/I-131A

Application for Travel Document

$360

$ 575

60%

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

$580

$ 700

21%

I-290B

Notice of Appeal or Motion

$630

$ 675

7%

I-360

Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant

$405

$ 435

7%

I-485

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

$985

$ 1,140

16%

I-526

Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur

$1,500

$ 3,675

145%

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

$290

$ 370

28%

I-600/600A/ 800/800A

Orphan Petitions

$720

$ 775

8%

I-687

Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act

$1,130

$ 1,130

0%

I-690

Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

$200

$ 715

258%

I-694

Notice of Appeal of Decision

$755

$ 890

18%

I-698

Application to Adjust Status From Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA)

$1,020

$ 1,670

64%

I-751

Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

$505

$ 595

18%

I-765

Application for Employment Authorization

$380

$ 410

8%

I-800A Supp. 3

Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A

$360

$ 385

7%

I-817

Application for Family Unity Benefits

$435

$ 600

38%

I-824

Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

$405

$ 465

15%

I-829

Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions

$3,750

$  3,750

0%

I-910

Application for Civil Surgeon Designation

$615

$ 785

28%

I-924

Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program

$6,230

$ 17,795

186%

I-924A

Annual Certification of Regional Center

$0

$ 3,035

N/A

I-929

Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U- 1 Nonimmigrant

$215

$ 230

7%

N-300

Application to File Declaration of Intention

$250

$ 270

8%

N-336

Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

$650

$ 700

8%

N-400

Application for Naturalization

$595

$ 640

8%

N-470

Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes

$330

$ 355

8%

N-565

Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

$345

$ 555

61%

N-600/ N-600K

Application for Certificate of Citizenship

$600

$ 1,170

95%

I-191, I-192, I-193, I-212, I-601, I-601A, I-612

Waiver Forms

$585

$ 930

59%

 

USCIS Immigrant Fee

$165

$ 220

33%

 

Biometric Services

$85

$85

0%

Background on the 2016 USCIS fee rule

  • On May 4, 2016, USCIS published a proposed rule [81 FR 26903] to change filing fees for USCIS applications and petitions. Public comments on the proposal were due on or before July 5, 2016.
  • NAFSA commented on the proposed fee rule on June 28, 2016. Read NAFSA's comment letter.
  • On September 20, 2016, USCIS sent the final fee rule to OMB for review, after having taken into consideration comments received on the May 4, 2016 proposed fee rule. The final fees, however, remain unchanged from the fees DHS originally proposed on May 4, 2016.
  • OMB finished its review on October 12, 2016.
  • USCIS filed the final rule with the Office of the Federal Register, and the public inspection version of the rule became available on Friday, October 21, 2016.
  • The final rule will be published in the Monday, October 24, 2016 issue of the Federal Register. The Federal Register notice's preamble contains DHS' responses to the comments it received on the proposed rule. You can view and download the final rule here.
  • The new fees will become effective on December 23, 2016 (60 days from the October 24, 2016 publication date of the final rule).