USCIS Proposes Significant Fee Increases

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has proposed by publication in the Federal Register to increase filing fees by a weighted average of 21%. The comment period for the proposed rule expires on 5 July 2016.

For our clients, the most commonly used forms are the I-129 nonimmigrant petition (proposed increase from $325 to $460); the I-140 immigrant petition (proposed increase from $580 to $700); and, the I-130 immigrant petition (proposed increase from $420 to $535). The I-907 premium processing request filing fee will remain at $1,225.

Here are the instructions for making comments:

You may submit comments, identified by DHS Docket No. USCIS-2016-0001, by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow this site's instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email: You may email comments directly to USCIS at uscisfrcomment@dhs.gov. Include DHS Docket No. USCIS-2016-0001 in the subject line of the message.
  • Mail: You may submit comments directly to USCIS by mailing them to Samantha Deshommes, Acting Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2020. To ensure proper handling, please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS-2016-0001 on your correspondence. This mailing address may be used for paper or CD-ROM submissions.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: You may submit comments directly to USCIS by having them delivered to Samantha Deshommes, Acting Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2020. The contact telephone number is (202) 272-8377.

To review the publication in the Federal Register, see https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/04/2016-10297/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-fee-schedule#h-4.