U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is increasing filing fees associated with a significant number of immigration applications.
Fees for the most commonly used filings will be affected.
Immigrant Petitions for Alien Worker (Form I-140) will increase from $580 to $700, and Employer Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129) will increase from $325 to $460. The higher fee for the I-129 form is but one of three fees already charged for the sponsorship of certain H-1B workers, others adding up to as much as $2,000.
Also, new L-1 petitions for intracompany transfers already have an additional $500 filing fee attached.
Changes also affect the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) fees. DHS included an option for a reduced fee of $320 for naturalization applicants with family income greater than 150% and not more than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Otherwise, the standard fee will increase from $595 to $640. There is no change to the fee waivers available to qualifying low-income applicants or those in military service.
The rule is effective Dec. 23, 2016, and any applications or petitions filed on or after that date must include the new fees.