SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adjusting the fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The fee schedule was last adjusted on November 23, 2010.
DHS has determined that adjusting the fee schedule is necessary to fully recover costs and maintain adequate service. DHS published a proposed fee schedule on May 4, 2016. Under this final rule, DHS will increase fees by a weighted average of 21 percent; establish a new fee of $3,035 covering USCIS costs related to processing the Employment Based Immigrant Visa, Fifth Preference (EB–5) Annual Certification of Regional Center, Form I–924A; establish a three-level fee for the Application for Naturalization, Form N–400; and remove regulatory provisions that prevent USCIS from rejecting an immigration or naturalization benefit request paid with a dishonored check or lacking the required biometric services fee until the remitter has been provided an opportunity to correct the deficient payment.
DATES: This rule is effective December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fee.
DETAILS: Establish a three-level fee for Application for Naturalization, Form N–400.
First, DHS will increase the standard fee for Form N–400 from $595 to $640 (plus Biometrics fee).
Second, DHS will continue to charge no fee to applicants who meet the requirements of sections 328 or 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA) with respect to military service and applicants with approved fee waivers.
Third, DHS will charge a reduced fee of $320 for naturalization applicants with family income greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
* Remove regulatory provisions that prevent USCIS from rejecting an immigration or naturalization benefit request paid with a dishonored check or lacking the required biometric services fee until the remitter has been provided an opportunity to correct the deficient payment.
* Clarify that persons filing any benefit request may be required to appear for biometrics services or an interview and may be required to pay the biometrics services fee.
A. Changes in the Final Rule This section details the changes made in this final rule as compared to the NPRM. These changes are summarized as follows: 1. Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I–485. DHS has revised the regulatory language regarding the fee for the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I–485, to clarify that the proposed $750 discounted fee is available for all applicants under 14 years old who submit their Form I–485 with that of a parent. These revisions accord the fee regulations with the current Form I–485 instructions and intake practices. See new 8 CFR 103.7(b)(1)(i)(U)(2); 81 FR 26919. The section later in this preamble entitled, ‘‘Adjustment of Status, Form I–485, and Interim Benefits,’’ provides more details about this change.
2. Dishonored payments. DHS has also clarified the regulations governing USCIS actions when a check used to pay the required fee is dishonored by the remitter’s bank. Under this final rule, USCIS will submit all initially rejected payments to the applicant’s bank a second time for it to clear or be rejected. 8 CFR 103.2(a)(7)(ii)(D). If the check is rejected again following re-submission by USCIS, it will reject the case for fee non-payment. If the case has been approved, USCIS will send a notice of intent to revoke the approval. The section later in this preamble entitled, ‘‘Dishonored Payments,’’ provides more details about this change. 3. Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, Form I–192, and Application for Waiver for Passport and/or Visa, Form I–193. DHS has made adjustments to the proposed fees in the final rule for the Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, Form I–192, and the Application for Waiver for Passport and/or Visa, Form I–193. For the reasons outlined in section IV.B.2.p. of this preamble, the fees that will be charged for Forms I–192 and I–193 will remain at $585, rather than the proposed fee of $930 when such forms are submitted to and processed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). See new 8 CFR 103.7(b)(1)(i)(P)– (Q).
NEW SCHEDULE OF USCIS FILING FEES, effective 12/23/2016, here pages 3-4.
For example, here is a schedule of new fees for some of the applications (not including biometrics):
- I-485 - $1,140 plus biometrics
- I-485 for a child under 14 - $750
- I-130 - $535
- I-129F - $535
- I-90 - $455
- I-601 - $930
- I-601A - $630
- I-751 - $595
- I-765 - $410
- N-400 - $640
- N-600 - $1,170
- Green card fee - $220 (was $165)
- Biometrics fee remains the same - $85.