This GMS Flash Alert reports on the rise in fees for immigration and naturalization benefit requests recently announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Effective December 23, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will be amending its fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests.1 According to the final rule2 published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2016, fees will increase for the first time in six years by a weighted average of 21 percent for most applications and petitions.
The increase in fees for U.S. immigration and naturalization benefit requests will add an additional cost to businesses that wish to move their global workforce to the United States. This increase has the potential to hit global mobility budgets within a short timeframe. Employees and individuals transferring to the United States, and their global mobility and immigration advisers should factor in these new costs when planning their moves and assignments to the United States.
The fees paid by applicants and petitioners help fund USCIS. As a result, the fee increase is necessary, according to DHS, to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. Such services include:
The chart below lists the current and the new USCIS fees for the most common non-immigrant and immigrant applications and petitions.  Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include the new fee.
|Form||Current Fee Effectivethrough December 22, 2016||New Fee Effective December 23, 2016||Fee Increase of:|
|I–129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker||$325||$460||$135|
|I–539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status||$290||$370||$80|
|I-130, Petition for Alien Relative||$420||$535 ||$115|
|I-140, Petition for Immigration Worker ||$580||$700||$120|
I–485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
*Including the cost of ancillary Forms I-765 and I-131
|I–765, Application for Employment Authorization||$380||$410||$30|
|I-131, Application for Travel Document||$360||$575||$215|
|I–751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence||$505||$595||$90|
|I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card||$365||$455||$90|
N–400, Application for Naturalization
*Certain low-income naturalization applicants may pay a filing fee of $320.
|Biometric Service Fee (Capturing, processing, and storing biometric information)||$85||
Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
For more details regarding fees, see the following USCIS webpage.
For assistance with immigration-related matters pertaining to the United States, please contact your local qualified immigration counsel*, or the following immigration professional with the KPMG International member firm in Canada:
Charlene Quincey, U.S. Immigration practice leader, KPMG Law, Canada
Tel.: +1-416-943-0288 x266
*  KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services.  Please note, however, that KPMG LLP Law in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.  matters.
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