USCIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register tomorrow, May 4th, 2016, proposing an increase in filing fees for most immigration applications. A change in filing fees requires USCIS to follow the regulatory procedures of the Administrative Procedures Act, so the agency will accept comments on the proposed fee changes and will then ultimately issue a final rule with any fee changes and an implementation date. Some of the proposed fee increases are substantial, and will directly affect petitions that are frequently filed by employers for high-skilled workers. For example, USCIS is proposing to increase the filing fee for Form I-129, which is used by employers for H-1B, L-1, and O-1 petitions, from the current $325 to $460, an increase of 42%. The filing fee for Form I-140, which is part of the green card process for employment-based immigration, would increase 21% from the current $580 to $700. Family-based immigration would be affected as well with the fee for Form I-130, which is used to apply for a green card for a family member such as a spouse or child, would increase from the current $420 to $535. The largest fee increase as a percentage of the current fee would be for the process of seeking a waiver of a ground of inadmissibility. That application is submitted on Form I-690 and currently has a fee of $200. Under the proposal, the fee would increase 258% to $715. SPS Immigration PLLC will continue to monitor the fee change proposal as it works through the regulatory review process. If you have questions about filing fees or related immigration benefits, please contact us.
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