US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed an increase in filing fees.

This week USCIS proposed an increase in most fees associated with immigration applications and benefits. The proposal would increase fees by a weighted average of 21 percent. However, some of the more used benefits will increase by more.

Here are some of the proposed increases for family related benefits: the I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) would increase 57% from $340 to $535; the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative would grow 27% from $420 to $535; the I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence could rise 18% from $505 to $595; and, the I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver would go up 8% from $585 to $630.

Companies would also see an increase in business related applications: the I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker would jump from $325-$460, which is a 42% increase; the I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker would rise 21% from $580 to $700.

Initial applications and renewals using the I-765 Application for Employment Authorization would be raised to $410 from $380.

Applications to become a US citizen using the N-400 Application for Naturalization increase 8% for a new cost of $640. If you are already a US citizen and want a Certificate of Citizenship to prove your citizenship, then it would be a 95% jump from a $600 filing fee for the Form N-600 to a new filing fee of $1,170.

These increases are not guaranteed to happen as they are only proposed by USCIS. However, it is highly likely there will be increases very close to the newly proposed fees. USCIS has not increased fees in a few years and the agency believes it will encounter budget shortfalls if it does not increase fees.

The comment period for the proposal ends July 3, 2016 so USCIS would probably increase fees in summer 2016 or soon thereafter.

If you have any questions regarding immigration, please feel free to call me, immigration attorney Shawn Mesa at (813) 679-5780.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a public service and not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Any reliance on this information is taken at your own risk.

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