USCIS Proposes To Increase Fees On Forms I-90, N-400 and Other Forms

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed to increase the form filing fees for certain immigration applications and petitions. The agency is now accepting comments from the public on the proposed fee increase.

USCIS is an agency that operates from the form filing fee it receives and not fully from federal funding. The agency’s most recent fee review shows that USCIS has to increase the average fee by 21 percent to recover its operating costs. USCIS claims that it will have to face a shortfall of $560 million if it doesn’t increase the fee.

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker and Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, are some notable forms that will see an increase in the form filing fees. The form filing fee for the green card renewal application, Form I-90 will be raised from $365 to $455. Similarly, the standard fee for N-400 will be raised from $595 to $640. The agency is looking to establish a three-level fee tier for Form N-400. Though the standard fee will be raised, USCIS will require the applicants for naturalization whose family income is below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to pay a reduced fee of $320. Likewise, U.S. Department of Homeland Security will not change fee from an applicant who meets the requirements with respect to military service and applicants whose requests for fee waivers have been approved.

USCIS believes that the fee increase would help the agency hire more immigration officers needed to reduce case backlogs and improve case processing.

Note: Since the fee for many forms would increase, people looking to obtain immigration benefits or apply for citizenship can apply before the new fee comes to effect, in order to avoid paying more.

Following is the list of USCIS forms with the current and the proposed new fee:

Immigration benefit requestCurrent fee ($)Proposed fee ($)Delta ($)Percent change
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request$20$65$45225
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm)206545225
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record)35653086
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card3654559025
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document33044511535
I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker32546013542
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)34053519557
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative42053511527
I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document36057521560
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker58070012021
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion630675457
I-360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant405435307
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status9851,14015516
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur1,5003,6752,175145
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status2903708028
I-600/600A/800/800A Orphan Petitions720775558
I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver585630458
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act1,1301,13000
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility200715515258
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision75589013518
I-698 Application to Adjust Status From Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA)1,0201,67065064
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence5055959018
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization380410308
I-800A Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A360385257
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits43560016538
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition4054656015
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions3,7503,75000
I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation61578517028
I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program6,23017,79511,565186
I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center03,0353,035N/A
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant215230157
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention250270208
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings650700508
N-400 Application for Naturalization595640458
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes330355258
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document34555521061
N-600/N-600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship6001,17057095
I-191, I-192, I-193, I-212, I-601, I-602, I-612 Waiver Forms58593034559
USCIS Immigrant Fee1652205533
Biometric Services858500