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USCIS Announces Scheduled Fee Increases for Many Petitions and Applications

2016-10-25, BY wegreen

USCIS has issued a final rule indicating that filing fees for most USCIS petitions and applications will be increased effective December 23, 2016.  Below, we have listed common petition or applications fees that may affect our clients; however, you can find the full list of changes in the Federal Register.





Current Fee

New Fee (effective 12/23/2016)


Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker




Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker



I-485 (14 and older)

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

$985 (+$85 biometrics fee)

$1,140 (+85 biometrics fee)

I-485 (Under 14, filing with at least one parent)

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)




Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status




Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability




Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended)




Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition




Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

$365 (+$85 biometrics fee)

$445 (+$85 biometrics fee)


Request for Premium Processing Service


$1,225 (fee is unchanged)

Immigrant Fee (for those whom complete immigrant visa processing outside of the US)

USCIS Immigrant Fee






The key to our success is the way in which we present supporting evidence and provide the highest quality petition letters. With over 16,000 I-140 EB-1 ( EB-1A Alien of Extraordinary Ability; EB-1B Outstanding Researcher or Professor), EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) and O-1 approvals, our firm has acquired substantial information about USCIS decisions, which gives us significant advantage over firms that only handle a small number of cases.

Based on hundreds of approvals every month and our close track of USCIS internal memoranda, AAO decisions, and judicial review decisions, we have unique insight into the USCIS adjudication trends. Not only do we apply this insight into our approaches to our clients' cases, but we also carefully review all RFEs (Requests for Evidence), NOIDs (Notices of Intent to Deny), approvals, and denials issued on our cases so that we can further increase our understanding of USCIS strategies and decision-making processes. With the insight, we are able to advise our clients on the best ways to proceed with their petitions.

While other petitioners and attorneys may still use templates to draft recommendation letters or petition letters, our clients' recommendation letters and petition letters are tailored to their individual credentials to best persuade a USCIS officer that our clients meet the requirements of the category they are applying under and therefore their petitions deserve to be approved. To provide the best EB-1 and EB-2 NIW services, our law firm only selects attorneys who have received their professional Juris Doctor degrees from the top law schools in the U.S. and who have garnered rigorous analytical skills through years of experience.