Reminder: USCIS Filing Fees Will Increase on December 23, 2016

Beginning on December 23, 2016, filing fees for many United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) visa petitions and applications will increase.  This is the first time since 2010 that USCIS has increased its filing fees. On average, fees will increase by 21 percent.  The premium processing fee of $1,225 will not increase.

Fee increases for the following key employment-based petitions and applications are listed below:


Current Fee

New Fee

Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant worker (used primarily for H-1Bs and O-1s)



Form I-140 Petition for Alien Worker



Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status (including biometric fee)

$1070 ($635, for children under 14)

$1,225 ($750, for children under 14)

Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization



Form I-131 Application for a Travel Document



Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status



To review the complete U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule published in the Federal Register, please click here

Finally, this is a reminder that civil fines for I-9s and other immigration violations also increased on August 1, 2016.  To read our ASAP article on this topic, please click here.

Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.