and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase the
fees for many immigration filings, including premium
processing cases, and will introduce new fees for
applications and services that were previously processed
without charge, according to a final regulation that
is set to be published in Friday's Federal Register.
The new fee schedule will take
effect 60 days after publication, on November 23,
2010. Petitions and applications postmarked on or
after November 23 must include the new fees. According
to USCIS, the agency is altering its fee schedule
to reflect the full cost of processing applications
New Fees for
see higher fees for most employment-based filings, though
some fees will be lowered. Among the new fees are the following:
| I-129 Petition for Non
| I-140 Immigrant Petition
for Alien Worker
| I-485 Application to Adjust
| I-765 Application for Employment
| I-131 Application for Travel
| I-539 Application to Extend/Change
Processing Fee Increase
USCIS will increase the fee for premium
processing services from $1,000 to $1,225 for eligible
Form I-129 and Form I-140 petitions.
Despite the urging of business immigration
advocates, the agency elected not to expand premium
processing to other case types, but indicated that
it would consider an expansion of the service in the
New Fees for
Immigrant Visa Services and Programs
Two new fees will be
introduced in connection with immigrant visa programs.
Foreign nationals applying for
an immigrant visa will be required to pay a new USCIS
domestic processing fee of $165, in addition to the
State Department' s existing immigrant visa processing
fees. The new fee is expected to be collected by the
State Department on behalf of USCIS, but exact details
on how applicants will pay it have not yet been released.
Entities that are seeking
to participate as regional centers in the Immigrant Investor
Pilot Program of the employment-based fifth preference (EB-5)
immigrant category will pay an application fee of $6,230.
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