USCIS Increases Fees


By: Agne Krutules

On October 24, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a final rule published in the Federal Register adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions. The fees increased by a weighted average of 21 percent. For example, application fees to register permanent residence or adjust status increased from $985 to $1,140 (Form I-485), and an immigrant petition by alien entrepreneur increased from $1,500 to $3,675 (Form I-526). The fees were last increased on November 23, 2010. The new fees will become effective on December 23, 2016. Applications and petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include new fees. The new fees can be found at