Increased Immigration Fees Take Effect November 23

by Michael Spychalski

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a final rule to increase the fees to process applications. The fees will be going up on average 10%. The last increase was in 2007. This rule will take effect on November 23, 2010. The fees for naturalization will remain the same with the exception that the biometric fee will increase $5. Therefore, the citizenship fee will go from $675 to $680. Any application that is postmarked on or after November 23, 2010 will have to include the fee increase.

Some applications are going up more than others. For example, the renewal of a legal permanent resident card is going up from $290 to $365 (plus $85 biometrics fee). The application to apply for permanent residency in the United States is going up from $930 to $985 (plus $85 biometrics fee). Petitions are increasing from $355 to $420. Employment applications will also increase. The premium processing service is going up from $1,000 to $1,225. However the immigrant worker petition is only going up $5.

Not every application will increase. Some applications actually will be going down. One example is the fiancé visa. The fee will go from $455 to $340. Therefore, it is not beneficial to file every application by November 23, 2010. If you are thinking about starting the immigration process or are a current client and have not filed your application, it is very important to contact our office to complete your application before the November 23, 2010 deadline or your application is subjected to the fee increase. A chart of the fee increases is available on the USCIS website (www.uscis.gov). Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.

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