Just in time for Christmas, USCIS will be increasing the fees it charges for the filing of Immigration forms on December 23, 2016 – some will increase significantly.

The only real good news here is the naturalization fee. Some applicants will receive reduced fees. The standard fee will increase from $595 to $640 (not including the $85 biometrics fee). A reduced fee of $320 will be charged to naturalization applicants with family income greater than 150 percent but not more than 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. No fee will be charged to certain applicants with military service or with approved fee waivers

Another significant increase is the fee for immigrant investors. The Application for Regional Center Designation under the Immigrant Investor Program will be increased from $6,230 to $17,795, and a new fee of $3,035 is created to process the annual certification of a Regional Center (Form I-924A). The fee for an Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (I-526) will more than double – from $1,500 to $3,675.

Employment Authorization Document fees are also set to increase – the I-765 form fee will rise from $380 to $410 and the Application for Travel Document (I-131) will increase from $360 to $575.

But as the AIC points out, while fees are increasing, the standard processing times for these forms are also increasing. And the lack of reliable data published by USCIS on processing times creates more confusion. Therefore, these new fees should be accompanied by a “real commitment to improved processing times and better customer service.”

Here are the new fee amounts:

Form Description  Fee
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, Form I-90.  $     455.00
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document, Form I-102. For filing a petition for an application for Arrival/Departure Record Form I-94, or Crewman’s Landing Permit Form I-95, to replace one lost, mutilated, or destroyed.  $     445.00
I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129. For filing a petition for a
nonimmigrant worker.
 $     460.00
I-129CW Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker in CNMI, Form I-129CW. For an
employer to petition on behalf of one or more beneficiaries: $460 plus a supplemental CNMI education funding fee of $150 per beneficiary per year. The CNMI education funding fee cannot be waived
 $     610.00
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), Form I-129F.  $     535.00
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130.  $     535.00
I-131 Application for Travel Document, Form I-131. For filing an application for
travel document:
(1) for a Refugee Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older.  $     135.00
(2) for a Refugee Travel Document for a child under the age of 16.  $     105.00
(3) for advance parole and any other travel document.  $     575.00
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140. For filing a petition to
classify preference status of an alien on the basis of profession or occupation under section 204(a) of the Act.
 $     700.00
I-191 Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile,
Form I-191. For filing an application for discretionary relief under section 212(c) of the Act
 $     930.00
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, Form I-192.
For filing an application for discretionary relief under section 212(d)(3) of the Act, except in an emergency case or where the approval of the application is in the interest of the United States Government
 $     930.00
If filed with and processed by CBP  $     585.00
I-193 Application for Waiver for Passport and/or Visa, Form I-193. For filing an
application for waiver of passport and/or visa
 $     585.00
I-212  Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States
After Deportation or Removal, Form I-212. For filing an application for permission to reapply for an excluded, deported or removed alien, an alien who has fallen into distress, an alien who has been removed as an alien enemy, or an alien who has been removed at government expense instead of deportation
 $     930.00
I-290B  Notice of Appeal or Motion, Form I-290B. For appealing a decision under the
immigration laws in any type of proceeding over which the Board of Immigration
Appeals does not have appellate jurisdiction.
 $     675.00
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, Form I-360. For
filing a petition for an Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
 $     435.00
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485.  $ 1,140.00
For applicants under the age of 14 years who file concurrently with a parent  $     750.00
I-485 Supp. A Application to Adjust Status under Section 245(i) of the Act, Supplement A
to Form I-485. Supplement to Form I-485 for persons seeking to adjust status under the provisions of section 245(i) of the Act
 $ 1,000.00
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, Form I-526. For filing a petition
for an alien entrepreneur
 $ 3,675.00
I-539 Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-539. For filing
an application to extend or change nonimmigrant status
 $     370.00
I-600  Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, Form I–600. For filing
a petition to classify an orphan as an immediate relative for issuance of an immigrant visa under section 204(a) of the Act. Only one fee is required when more than one petition is submitted by the same petitioner on behalf of orphans who are brothers or sisters
 $     775.00
I-600A Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, Form I– 600A. For
filing an application for advance processing of orphan petition. (When more than one petition is submitted by the same petitioner on behalf of orphans who are brothers or sisters, only one fee will be required.
 $     775.00
I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility, Form I-601. For
filing an application for waiver of grounds of inadmissibility.
 $     930.00
I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, Form I-601A. For
filing an application for provisional unlawful presence waiver
 $     630.00
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (under
Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended), Form I-612. For filing an application for waiver of the foreign-residence requirement under section 212(e) of the Act
 $     930.00
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Form I-687. For filing an application for status as a temporary resident under section 245A(a) of the Act  $ 1,130.00
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility under Sections 245A
or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Form I-690. For filing an application for waiver of a ground of inadmissibility under section 212(a) of the Act as amended, in conjunction with the application under sections 210 or 245A of the Act, or a petition under section 210A of the Act
 $     715.00
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision under Sections 245A or 210 of the
Immigration and Nationality Act (or a petition under section 210A of the Act), Form I-694. For appealing the denial of an application under sections 210 or 245A of the Act, or a petition under section 210A of the Act
 $     890.00
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident
(Under Section 245A of Pub. L. 99-603), Form I-698. For filing an application to adjust status from temporary to permanent resident (under section 245A of Pub. L. 99-603)
 $ 1,670.00
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, Form I-751. For filing a petition to remove the conditions on residence based on marriage.  $     595.00
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, Form I-765.  $     410.00
I-800A Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, Form I–800A. For filing an application for determination of suitability to adopt a child from a convention country  $     775.00
I-800A Supp 3 Request for Action on Approved Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, Form I–800A, Supplement 3. This filing fee is not charged if Form I–800 has not been filed based on the approval of the Form I–800A, and Form I–800A Supplement 3 is filed in order to obtain a first
extension of the approval of the Form I–800A.
 $     385.00
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits, Form I-817. For filing an application for voluntary departure under the Family Unity Program.  $     600.00
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status, Form I-821. For first-time applicants  $       50.00
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, Form I-824. For filing for action on an approved application or petition.  $     465.00
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions, Form I-829. For filing a petition by entrepreneur to remove conditions.  $ 3,750.00
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (Pursuant to Section 203 of Pub. L. 105-100)
for adjudication by DHS  $     285.00
for adjudication by the Immigration Court (unless referred to court by DHS)  $     165.00
I-905 Application for Authorization to Issue Certification for Health Care
Workers, Form I-905.
 $     230.00
I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service, Form I-907.  $ 1,225.00
I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation, Form I-910. For filing an application for civil surgeon designation.  $     785.00
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-914.  No Fee
I-918 Application for U Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-918.  No Fee
I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation under the Immigrant Investor Program, Form I-924. For filing an application for regional center designation under the Immigrant Investor Program. $ 17,795
I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center, Form I-924A. To provide updated information and certify that an Immigrant Investor Regional Center has
maintained their eligibility.
 $ 3,035.00
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant, Form I-929. For U-1 principal applicant to submit for each qualifying family member who plans to seek an immigrant visa or adjustment of U status.  $     230.00
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention, Form N-300. For filing an application for declaration of intention to become a U.S. citizen  $     270.00
N-336 Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under section 336 of the Act), Form N-336. For filing a request for hearing on a decision in naturalization proceedings under section 336 of the Act  $     700.00
N-400 Application for Naturalization, Form N-400. For filing an application for naturalization, except:  $     640.00
The fee for an applicant whose documented income is greater than 150 percent
and not more than 200 percent of the Federal poverty level.
 $     320.00
No fee is charged an applicant who meets the requirements of sections 328 or
329 of the Act with respect to military service.
 $                –
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes, Form N-470. For filing an application for benefits under section 316(b) or 317 of the Act.  $     355.00
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, Form N-565. For filing an application for a certificate of naturalization or declaration of intention in place of a certificate or declaration alleged to have been lost, mutilated, or destroyed; for a certificate of citizenship in a changed name under section 343(c) of the Act; or for a special certificate of naturalization to obtain recognition as a citizen of the United States by a foreign state under section 343(b) of the Act.  $     555.00
N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-600. For filing an application for a certificate of citizenship under section 309(c) or section 341 of the Act  $ 1,170.00

Check out the fee on the N-600. Right now it costs $600. On December 23 it is set to double. That feels like highway robbery, given that the process of adjudicating N-600s has not changed (and in most cases the forms are adjudicated without an interview or any significant expenditure of resources by the agency).

If you want to read more about why they needed to increase fees so substantially, the Federal Register notice explains it. Basically the statute requires USCIS to be self-funded, meaning the fees pay for the agency to operate.