Filing an immigrant or non-immigrant petition for an employee soon? It is probably going to be a little more expensive. Facing a large budget shortfall, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ("USCIS") is changing filing fees effective November 23, 2010. While most fees are increasing (some substantially), USCIS appears to have taken some pity on petitioner employers and actually decreased some categories of fees.
Highlights of the fee changes include:
- I-129/I-129W Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker – Increasing from $320 to $325
- I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker – Increasing from $475 to $580
- I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status – Increasing from $930 to $985
- I-539 Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status – Decreasing (yes, decreasing) from $300 to $290
- I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service – Increasing from $1,000 to $1,225
The USCIS list of changed fees is fairly extensive, so give us a call to find out what this may mean for you and your immigrant and non-immigrant workers.