USCIS has published a fee schedule that would drastically increase the filing fees for most immigration applications. Below we discuss some of the most significant proposed changes.
Premium Processing: USCIS has proposed to increase the premium processing adjudication timeline from 15 calendar days to 15 business days.
L-1: The current I-129 filing fee is $460. USICS has proposed that this fee be increased to $815 per L-1 petition. In addition, USICS has proposed that the border security fee - $4,500 due when filing an initial petition when an employer has more than 50% of employees in L-1 or H-1B status) will also be applicable for petitions for extensions of stay.
O-1: The current I-129 filing fee is $460, but USCIS has proposed to raise this to $715.
Adjustment of Status: The current filing fees to file a I-485 Adjustment of Status application (along with initial Advance Parole and Employment Authorization Document applications) is $1,225. USCIS has proposed to raise this to $2,195. USCIS has proposed that future EAD or Advance Parole extension applications will have a $585 filing fee.
Naturalization: USCIS has proposed the largest filing fee application for naturalization applications, with the fees proposed to jump from $640 to $1,170.
So, what does this mean for you? Immigration filing fee increases could be underway. As you plan your immigration strategy, keep these changes in mind when determining your timeline.
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