USCIS Adjusts Fees and Changes Premium Processing Timeline

Published: 08/01/2020


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced that there will be an adjustment to the filing fees for certain applications and petitions requesting an immigration benefit. The new fees will be effective on Oct. 2, 2020.  These fees have been adjusted to cover the full cost of providing adjudication and operating costs. Moreover, USCIS will increase the premium processing timeframe from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. The new proposed fees reflect some increases, but also some decreases in fees, as outlined below. Significant changes for the business immigration community include:

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  1.     I-129 H-1B petitions: Increase from $460 to $555
  2.     I-129 L-1 petitions: Increase from $460 to $805
  3.     I-129 O-1 petitions: Increase from $460 to $705
  4.     I-129 TN petitions: Increase from $460 to $695
  5.     I-140 petitions: Decrease from $700 to $555
  6.     Adjustment of status applications: Decrease from $1140 to $1130
  7.     I-539 applications: Increase from $370 to $390
  8.     I-765 applications: Increase from $410 to $550 for non-DACA EADs
  9.     Naturalization applications: Increase from $640 to $1160

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