USCIS Fees Likely to Increase Due to Budget Shortfall

USCIS Fees Likely to Increase Due to Budget Shortfall

As the COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel and limits economic growth in some sectors, USCIS states that a drop in applications and petitions for green cards, nonimmigrant visas, citizenship and other immigration programs is causing the agency to encounter a budget shortfall. The agency is seeking a $1.2 billion cash bailout from Congress and plans to increase service fees in addition to the increases proposed in November 2019. The agency predicts that receipts could dip by more than 60 percent by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2020. A spokesman for the agency stated that a 10 percent surcharge would be added to existing fees, in addition to the previously proposed increases.

The increases have been met with some criticism, as processing delays were common prior to the pandemic and adjudication completions have decreased for many immigration benefits. In a recent review of EB-5 completion data, we found that the fewest adjudications of all time occurred, falling from over 4,400 applications completed in the third quarter of 2018 to just over 450 I-526 forms processed in the first quarter of FY 2020.

We have updated the fee chart below with the 2019 proposed fees and the additional 10% surcharge, if implemented.

Form No. Form Title Current Fee Proposed Fee Difference Percent Change Plus 10% Surcharge Total Percent Change
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request $65 $240 $175 269 percent $264.0 306%
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request $65 $385 $320 492 percent $423.5 552%
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card $455 $415 ($40) -9 percent $456.5 0%
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document $445 $490 $45 10 percent $539.0 21%
I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $460 *DHS is proposing to separate Form I-129 into several forms. See below.
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $535 $520 ($15) -3 percent $572.0 7%
I-129CW (Proposed) Petition for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker $460 $705 $245 53 percent $775.5 69%
I-129E&TN (Proposed) Application for Nonimmigrant Worker: E or TN Classification $460 $705 $245 53 percent $775.5 69%
I-129H1 (Proposed) Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-1 Classification $460 $560 $100 22 percent $616.0 34%
I-129H2A (Proposed) Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-2A Classification $460 $860 (named); $425 (unnamed) $400 (named) 87 percent
I-129H2B (Proposed) Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-2B Classification $460 $725 (named); $395 (unnamed) $265 (named) 58 percent
I-129L (Proposed) Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: L Classification $460 $815 $355 77 percent $896.5 95%
I-129MISC (Proposed) Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-3, P, Q, or R Classification $460 $705 $245 53 percent $775.5 69%
I-129O (Proposed) Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: O Classification $460 $715 $255 55 percent $786.5 71%
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative $535 $555 $20 4 percent $610.5 14%
I-131 Application for Travel Document $575 $585 $10 2 percent $643.5 12%
I-131 Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older $135 $145 $10 7 percent $159.5 18%
I-131 I-131 Refugee Travel Document for a child under the age of 16 $105 $115 $10 10 percent $126.5 20%
I-131A Application for Carrier Documentation $575 $1,010 $435 76 percent $1,111.0 93%
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $700 $545 ($155) -22 percent $599.5 -14%
I-191 Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) $930 $800 ($130) -14 percent $880.0 -5%
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant $930/585 $1,415 $830/ $485 142/52 percent $1,556.5
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa $585 $2,790 $2,205 377 percent $3,069.0 425%
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal $930 $1,040 $110 12 percent $1,144.0 23%
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $675 $705 $30 4 percent $775.5 15%
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant $435 $455 $20 5 percent $500.5 15%
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status $1,140 $1,120 ($20) -2 percent $1,232.0 8%
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years) $750 $1,120 $370 49 percent $1,232.0 64%
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur $3,675 $4,015 $340 9 percent $4,416.5 20%
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status $370 $400 $30 8 percent $440.0 19%
I-589 Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal $0 $50 $50 N/A $55.0
I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative $775 $810 $35 5 percent $891.0 15%
I-600A Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition $775 $810 $35 5 percent $891.0 15%
I-600A/I-600 Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-600A/I-600 N/A $405 $405 N/A $445.5
I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $930 $985 $55 6 percent $1,083.5 17%
I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver $630 $960 $330 52 percent $1,056.0 68%
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended) $930 $525 ($405) -44 percent $577.5 -38%
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act $1,130 $1,130 $0 0 percent $1,243.0 10%
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $715 $770 $55 8 percent $847.0 18%
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision under Section 210 or 245A $890 $725 ($165) -19 percent $797.5 -10%
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA) $1,670 $1,615 ($55) -3 percent $1,776.5 6%
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence $595 $760 $165 28 percent $836.0 41%
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization $410 $490 $80 20 percent $539.0 31%
I-800 Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative $775 $810 $35 5 percent $891.0 15%
I-800A Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country $775 $810 $35 5 percent $891.0 15%
I-800A Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A $385 $405 $20 5 percent $445.5 16%
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits $600 $590 ($10) -2 percent $649.0 8%
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Renewal) $0 $275 $275 N/A $302.5
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition $465 $500 $35 8 percent $550.0 18%
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status $3,750 $3,900 $150 4 percent $4,290.0 14%
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal $285/570 $1,800 $1,515/$1,230 532/216 percent $1,980.0
I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation $785 $650 ($135) -17 percent $715.0 -9%
I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program $17,795 $17,795 $0 0 percent $19,574.5 10%
I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center $3,035 $4,470 $1,435 47 percent $4,917.0 62%
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant $230 $1,515 $1,285 559 percent $1,666.5 625%
I-941 Application for Entrepreneur Parole $1,200 $1,200 $0 0 percent $1,320.0 10%
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention $270 $1,320 $1,050 389 percent $1,452.0 438%
N-336 Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings $700 $1,755 $1,055 151 percent $1,930.5 176%
N-400 Application for Naturalization $640 $1,170 $530 83 percent $1,287.0 101%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (Reduced Fee) $320 *DHS is proposing to remove the reduced fee option
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes $355 $1,600 $1,245 266 percent $1,760.0 396%
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document $555 $545 ($10) -2 percent $599.5 8%
N-600 Application for Certification of Citizenship $1,170 $1,015 ($155) -13 percent $1,116.5 -5%
N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 $1,170 $960 ($210) -18 percent $1,056.0 -10%
USCIS Immigrant Fee $220 $200 ($20) -9 percent $220.0 0%
Biometric Services Fee $85 $30 ($55) -65 percent $33.0 -61%
Dishonored Payments (Returned Check Fee) $30 $0 ($30) -100 percent $0.0 -100%

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