Immigration Filing Fees to Rise
June 14, 2007
On July 30, 2007, the fees for applications filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will increase by an average of 66 percent. Fee increases for USCIS’ four more common applications will be as follows:
|Form:||Current Fee:||Fee as of July 30, 2007:|
|I-90, application to replace a permanent residence card||$260||$370|
|I-140, immigrant petition for alien worker||$195||$475|
|I-485, application to register permanent status or adjust status||$325||$600, if under 14 and filing with at least one parent
$930, if under 14 and filing without a parent
$930, if 79 or older
$1,010, for all others
**All fees include employment authorization (I-765) and travel permission (I-131)
|N-400, application for naturalization||$330||$595|
The fingerprinting (biometrics) fee will also go up from $70 to $80. Applications filed on or after July 30 will be subject to the new fees (Go to www.uscis.gov for fee increases for other forms.).
During the Final Fee Structure Press Conference, USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez explained the increase saying, “The short answer is because we need the money. This agency is fee-based.”
The increase would raise the USCIS annual intake by $1.079 billion, making the total $2.35 billion per year. This money would go toward hiring 1,500 immigration officials, buying new computers, and training personnel. “Our goal here is to significantly speed service delivery; reduce backlogs; be able to process cases far more quickly than we do today,” says USCIS Director of Operations, Mike Aytes.
The fee increase has inspired many long-time residents to finally apply for citizenship. If you have been a permanent resident for five years (or three if you have been married to and living with the same U.S. citizen for those three years), and you meet the requirements, visit one of our immigration centers or come to a Citizenship Application Assistance event near you for help filling out your application for naturalization.