New filing fees for petitions and applications filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services take effect Dec. 23.

Key points:

  • Petitions filed or postmarked on or after Dec. 23 must include the new fees or will be rejected and returned.
  • The fees will increase by a weighted average of 21 percent.

Some of the new fees for employment-related petitions and applications are listed below:

Type of Benefit (Form Number) Current Fee New Fee Increase
Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (I-140) $580 $700 21%
Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (I-485) $985 $1,140 16%
Application for Employment Authorization (I-765) $380 $410 8%
Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (I-539) $290 $370 28%
Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (I-90) $365 $455 25%
Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (I-129) $325 $460 41%
Petition for Alien Relative (I-130) $420 $535 27%
Application for Travel Document (I-131) $360 $575 60%
Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (I-526) $1,500 $3,675 145%
Notice of Appeal of Decision $755 $890 18%
Application for Naturalization $595 $640 8%
USCIS Immigrant Fee $165 $220 33%

BAL Analysis: Employers and affected foreign nationals should budget for the new fees and make sure that filings postmarked or submitted on and after Dec. 23 include the appropriate filing fees.

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