When filing any forms with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), you may need to submit a filing fee with your form. Filing fees for USCIS forms are a major source of revenue for the USCIS and allow the USCIS to process applications. The costs of filing USCIS forms vary widely and are subject to change. You can view current filing fees on the USCIS website. As of November 2010, the fees associated with some of the more popular USCIS forms were:
1) Form I-90 (Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card). For most applicants, the filing fee for this form is $365 and an additional $85 biometrics fee. However, you will only need to pay the biometrics fee is you are filing within 30 days of turning 14 years old and if your current card will not expire before your 16th birthday. You will not need to pay any fees if you are filing this form because you did not receive your green card or if your card needs to be replaced due to USCIS error.
2) I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker). For most applicants, the filing fee for this USCIS form is $325. However, some employers filing L-1 or H-1B petitions must also submit an additional $500 Fraud Prevention and Detection. Some applicants may also need to file with additional supplemental fees of $750 or $1,500. H-1B petitioners may be required to file an additional $2,000 while L-1 petitioners may be required to file with an additional $2,250 fee under Public Law 111-230. Employers who submit I-129 with H-2B petitions need to file an additional Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of $150.
3) Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e). Most applicants need to file this form with a $340 fee. However, applicants filing this form to secure K-3 status based on Form I-130 may not need to pay a filing fee.
4) Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative). Most applicants will need to file this form with a $420 filing fee.
5) Form I-131 (Application for Travel Document). Applicants filing this form will pay differently fees, depending on the type of travel document they need. Those applying for a re-entry permit, for example, will typically pay a $360 filing fee and an additional $85 biometrics fee. Those applying for an Advance Parole Document will generally need to pay only the $360 filing fee. Adults filing for a Refugee Travel Document typically need to pay $135 in filing fees and an additional $85 for biometrics fees. Children applying for a Refugee Travel Document need to pay the biometrics fee but only need a filing fee of $105.
6) N-400 (Application for Naturalization). Most applicants need to pay an $85 biometrics fee as well as $595 in filing fees. Those applicants filing as members of the armed forces, however, may not need to pay any filing fees or biometrics fees for this form.