September 24, 2010
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that fees for immigration applications and petitions will be adjusted effective 11/23/10.
The adjusted fee amounts to an increase by a weighted average of approximately 10 percent. I-129 fee (e.g., H-1B and L-1) will increase by a mere $5, I-140 fee will increase $105, I-485 fee will increase by $55, Premium Processing fee will increase by $225, and N-400 fee (for citizenship) is unchanged.
USCIS is dependent on filing fees, which contribute to approximately 90 percent of its budget. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews every two years. USCIS' fee revenue in fiscal years 2008 and 2009 was much lower than projected, and fee revenue in fiscal year 2010 remains low.