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Government Fees for Certain Immigration Applications Increasing on December 23, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published in the Federal Register its final rule regarding the increase in government filing fees for the types of immigration applications it handles. The new fees will go into effect on December 23, 2016 and will be required for all applications filed (or postmarked) on or after that date.

Here are some examples1 of the fee increases included in the new rule:


If you are in the process of preparing an immigration application and require legal assistance, or if you are not certain if you qualify for a particular immigration benefit, please do not hesitate to contact us at or (608) 252-9291, or simply contact your existing DeWitt attorney.

1 A list of all USCIS fee increases may be found here.
2 The applications marked in bold may also require a biometrics fee of $85 for all or some applicants, in addition to the filing fee listed above.
3 Beginning December 23, 2016, a reduced government fee of $320 will be available for N-400 naturalization applications who can show a household income between 150% and 200% of the poverty level for their household size. These applicants will still need to pay the additional $85 biometrics fee. Other filing fee waivers will remain available to certain naturalization applicants who are members of the military or otherwise eligible for I-912 Request for a Fee Waiver.

About the Author

Raluca Vais-Ottosen has assisted numerous clients with Immigration matters ranging from family-based and individual Immigration applications, to employment related visas and I-9 employment eligibility verification issues. In addition to her Immigration practice, she also has an extensive background in Employment Law. She assists companies in a number of areas, including but not limited to claims of workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation, termination and constructive discharge, workplace investigations by State and Federal agencies, as well as Employment Litigation.

Contact Luca by email or by phone at (608) 252-9291.

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