Some immigration fees going up, some going down

Mabuhay and hafa adai! In the article that came out in January of this year, I discussed the proposed fee change that was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 14, 2019.

On Aug. 3, the new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services fees were finally published. The new fees will take effect on Oct. 2 and encompass both an increase and a decrease in certain applications. Additionally, it will affect both employment- based and family-based applications.

The fee on the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative form will increase very slightly. The fee on the I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence will increase by 28%. However, the fee on the I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance form will have a 5% reduction. Additionally, the fees on the I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card will be reduced by 9% and 11%.

One of the highest fee increases at 83% and 85% is for filing the N-400 Application for Naturalization. This dramatic fee increase will likely deter some individuals from moving forward with the filing of their respective naturalization application.

Additionally, when filing for adjustment of status, the current practice of being able to file a concurrent advance parole and employment authorization at no additional fee will no longer be allowed. Thus, although there is a 1% fee reduction for filing the I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence, there will be a dramatic increase in the overall fees if an I-131 Application for Travel Document and an I-765 Application for Employment Authorization are also factored in.

Although an applicant can file the I-1485 without the additional applications, it has generally been the practice to concurrently file the I-131 and I-765 applications with the I-485, since it is difficult to predict when the adjustment of status will be ultimately granted. Moreover, the temporary closures of USCIS field offices during the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how applications can sometimes experience delays and hurdles.

By Catherine Bejerana Camacho
for Pacific Daily News

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