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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fees Increasing on December 23, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, commonly known as "USCIS", recently announced it would be increasing its filing fees for applications and petitions effective December 23, 2016. This is the first time USCIS has raised its fees since November 2010.

What is a Filing Fee?

To apply for an immigration benefit, such as a green card or a work permit, applicants and petitioners must pay a filing fee to USCIS. The appropriate filing fee must be included in the application package at the time of filing. These filing fees are typically not included in the fees that immigration lawyers charge their clients for preparing and submitting these applications.

Effect on fee increases for our clients

The Northern Virginia Immigration Law Firm, PLLC will not be raising its attorney's fees for preparing and submitting applications and petitions to USCIS. If you already have an application or petition pending with USCIS, the filing fee increase will not affect your pending application. The increase in filing fees will only apply to applications or petitions submitted on or after December 23, 2016.

The Northern Virginia Immigration Law Firm, PLLC urges potential clients to contact us immediately to prepare and submit applications to USCIS before the filing fees increase. The following applications and petitions are the most commonly filed applications by our clients:

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

Old Fee: $365 | New Fee: $455

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Old Fee: $420 | New Fee: $535

Form I-131/131A, Application for Travel Document

Old Fee: $360 | New Fee: $575

Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Old Fee: $580 | New Fee: $700

Form I-360, Petition for Special Immigrant (SIJS)

Old Fee: $405 | New Fee: $435

Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

Old Fee: $985 | New Fee: $1,140

Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability

Old Fee: $585 | New Fee: $930

Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Old Fee: $585 | New Fee: $630

Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

Old Fee: $505 | New Fee: $595

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Old Fee: $380 | New Fee: $410

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

Old Fee: $595 | New Fee: $640

For a full list of the new USCIS filing fees, please visit

If you have any questions or concerns about these new fees and how they affect your case, please contact the Northern Virginia Immigration Law Firm, PLLC at 703-854-1046 to schedule a consultation.

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