Increase in U.S. Immigration Fees by November 2010

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publicize that the fees for most US immigration services will be increased by next month. Just the naturalization fee of United States will continue unchanged. The raise is a try to close the $200 million shortfall for fiscal year 2010-11.

The majority of fees are expected to rise by a typical of about 10 percent. In a few cases, fees will in fact drop and fee waivers will be expanded to numerous "new categories". The attuned fees will go into effect on 23 November, 2010.

USCIS's financial plan depends greatly on revenue resulting from fees for the services that the organization provides. Fees for submission and petitions accounted for about 90 percent of its $2.4 billion annual budget.

The fee raise is previously facing condemnation. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) affirmed that they are "dismayed" with the fee raise and consider that USCIS is going too far s in their effort to put right their budgetary woes.

"A lot of of the government expenses being guarantee by these fees are not linked to the services for which fees are being paid. These are matters of public advantage, and be supposed to be funded by appropriations, not applicants," said AILA President Bernard Wolfsdorf.

"At the same time as a 10 percent fee amplify in and of itself may not seem high, this comes only 3 years after a 66 percent USCIS fee rise. Taken together, these increases bring a lot of fees to excessive levels," Wolfsdorf added.

USCIS acknowledged a big arrival of applications and petitions leading up to the preceding 66 percent fee increase, which resulted in huge backlogs forcing USCIS to look for help from outside contractors to help arrangement with the workload.

AILA did say that there was one silver lining to the fee raise: fees for citizenship applications would not go up. Fees for citizenship augmented by 70 percent in 2007, which immigrant-rights groups complained put citizenship out of reach of shoddier immigrants.

Following is a table detailing the fee changes?

o I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card $290 to $365
o I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document $320 to $330
o I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $320 to $325
o I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $455 to $340
o I-130 Petition for Alien Relative $355 to $420
o I-131 Application for Travel Document $305 to $360
o I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $475 to $580
o I-191 Application for Advance Permission to Return to Un-relinquished Domicile $545 to $585
o I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant $545 to $585
o I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa $545 to $585
o I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. after Deportation or Removal $545 to $585
o I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $585 to $630
o I-360 Petition for American, Widow(err), or Special Immigrant $375 to $405
o I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status $930 to $985
o I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur $1,435 to $1,500
o I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status $300 to $290
o I-600/600A I-800/800A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition $670 to $720
o I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability $545 to $585
o I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement $545 to $585
o I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act $710 to $1,130
o I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $185 to $200
o I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision under Sections 245Aor 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act $545 to $755
o I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of Public Law99-603) $1,370 to $1,020
o I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence $465 to $505
o I-765 Application for Employment Authorization $340to $380
o I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits $440 to $435
o I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition $340 to $405
o I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions $2,850 to $3,750
o I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (Pursuant to Section 203 of Public Law 105–110) $285 to $285
o I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service $1,000 to $1,225
o Civil Surgeon Designation $0 to $615
o I-924 Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program $0 to $6,230
o N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention $235 to $250
o N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings $605 to $650
o N-400 Application for Naturalization $595 to $595
o N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes $305 to $330
o N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document $380 to $345
o N-600/600K Application for Certification of Citizenship/ Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322 $460 to $600
o Immigrant $0 to $165
o Biometrics Capturing, Processing, and Storing Biometric Information $80 to $85


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