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DHS to Increase Filing Fees Effective 12/23/2016

Effective December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be adjusting the fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS has not raised filing fees since November 23, 2010. After a comprehensive fee review for the fiscal year 2016-2017 biennial period, USCIS determined that the current fees do not fully recover the cost of services provided. Accordingly, DHS has determined that adjusting the fee schedule is necessary. Under the new rule, any application or petition mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees.

Below we provide two consecutive charts comparing the current and new filing fees for (1) the most common employment-based visa petitions and immigration applications as well as (2) non-employment based visa petitions and applications.




Current Fee

New Fee


Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker




Application for Travel Document




Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker



*Includes the cost of concurrently filed Forms I-765 and I-131, but does not include $85 biometrics fee.

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status




Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)




Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneur




Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status




Application for Employment Authorization





Current Fee

New Fee


Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card




Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)




Petition for Alien Relative




Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence




Application for Naturalization



If you have any questions regarding these filing fee changes or about any other immigration matter, please contact your Mintz Levin immigration attorney.



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Kevin R. McNamara

Member / Chair, Immigration Practice

Kevin R. McNamara handles employment-related immigration matters at Mintz. His clients range from professional athletes, sports teams, and financial services firms to prominent corporations and institutions. Kevin helps clients develop solutions that anticipate future challenges.

Susan J. Cohen

Member / Founding Chair, Immigration Practice

Susan J. Cohen is Chair of Mintz's Immigration Practice and a nationally recognized Immigration lawyer. She helps corporate clients manage immigration challenges. Susan is an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) member and she's contributed to state and federal immigration regulations.