Immigration Application and Petition Fees Increase
On October 24, 2016 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS ) announced they are adjusting the fees for many Immigration applications and petitions. These new fees will become effective on December 23.
This will be the first increase to be applied in six years. The law requires that USCIS make fee reviews every two years to recover costs of services provided, which include fraud detection, case processing, customer services and national security.
The final rule which is published in the Federal Register will contain a table of the current and new fees. These new fees will also be listed on the Our Fees page on our website. In order for USCIS to accept new applications and petitions postmarked or filed online on or after December 23, these must include the new fees.
Application for Naturalization, Form N-400 will increase $45 from $595 to $640 and Form N-600 for Application for Certificate of Citizenship will increase considerably from $550 to $1,170.
Before filing any form or application with United States Immigration and Citizenship Services or other government agencies, you should consult with a licensed attorney, authorized and experienced in handling cases before these agencies and courts.
If you are preparing to apply for citizenship or change of status in the near future, it is important to keep in mind that these fees will be increased before the end of this year.