WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced
a final rule published in the Federal Registertoday adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and
petitions. The new fees will be effective Dec. 23.
USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petitioners
for immigration benefits. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews
every two years to determine the funding levels necessary to administer
the nation’s immigration laws, process benefit requests and provide
the infrastructure needed to support those activities.
Fees will increase for the first time in six years, by a weighted average
of 21 percent for most applications and petitions. This increase is necessary
to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. These include
the costs associated with fraud detection and national security, customer
service and case processing, and providing services without charge to
refugee and asylum applicants and to other customers eligible for fee
waivers or exemptions.
The final rule contains a table summarizing current and new fees. The new
fees will also be listed on the
Our Fees page on our website.Form G-1055 will not reflect the new fees until the effective date. Applications and
petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23 must include the new
fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them.
"This is our first fee increase since November 2010, and we sincerely
appreciate the valuable public input we received as we prepared this final
rule," said USCIS Director León Rodríguez. "We
are mindful of the effect fee increases have on many of the customers
we serve. That’s why we decided against raising fees as recommended
after the fiscal year 2012 and 2014 fee reviews. However, as an agency
dependent upon users’ fees to operate, these changes are now necessary
to ensure we can continue to serve our customers effectively. We will
also offer a reduced filing fee for certain naturalization applicants
with limited means."
Read more about the new fee schedule on the
Our Fees page. Highlights follow:
- A modest fee increase of $45, or 8 percent, from $595 to $640 for Form
N-400, Application for Naturalization.
- USCIS will offer a reduced filing fee of $320 for naturalization applicants
with family incomes greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent
of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For 2016, this means, for example,
that a household of four with an income between $36,000 and $48,600 per
year could pay the reduced fee. Those eligible may apply for this option
using the new Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee.
- The fee for Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and
N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under
Section 322, will increase from $550 or 600 to $1,170.
- A new fee of $3,035 is required for Form I-924A, Annual Certification of
In preparing the final rule, USCIS considered all 436 comments received
during the 60-day public comment period for the
proposed rule published May 4.
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