USA | Prepare for USCIS Fee Increases
On May 4th, US Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice proposing increases to the processing fees for the most commonly used employment-based and family-based immigration categories.
While currently under a mandatory 60-day review period, once the review is complete a final ruling will be published. If the increased are approved, the most commonly used categories impacted would be:
|Petition Type||Current Fee||Proposed Fee|
|I-129||Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (L-1’s and H-1B’s)||$ 325||$ 460|
|I-130||Petition for Alien Relative||$ 420||$ 535|
|I-131||Application for Travel Document||$ 360||$ 575|
|I-140||Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker||$ 580||$ 700|
|I-485||Application to Register / Adjust Status||$ 985||$1140|
|I-539||Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status||$ 290||$ 370|
|I-765||Application for Employment Authorization||$ 380||$ 410|
|N-400||Application for Naturalization||$ 595||$ 640|
U.S. employers with a large volume of either “immigrant” and/or “non-immigrant” based applications to the U.S. are most likely to be affected and it is recommended that employers file applications prior to the fee increase. Companies should likewise adjust future mobility budgets to take into consideration these increases.
With the help of our U.S. providers, TheMIGroup is positioned to coordinate and rapidly process all U.S. work permits and Green Card applications filed via our streamlined services. This can translate into an important cost-saving measure, especially for employers who are heavy-users of the US immigration program.