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  • Article: Increases In Filing Fees, Just In Time For The Holidays By Christy Turovskiy, Esq.

    Increases in Filing Fees, Just in Time for the Holidays


    You may want to hang on to some of that extra holiday spending money if you or a loved one needs to file for an immigration benefit in the near future. On October 24, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is increasing filing fees for many of its immigration applications and petitions. According to DHS, all posted fee increases will go into effect on December 23, 2016. Any applications or petitions that are postmarked or filed on or after that date must include the updated fees or USCIS will reject the filing. Some (not all) of the increased filing fees are as follows:

    · Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (from $365 to $455)

    · Petition for Alien Fiancé (from $340 to $535)

    · Petition for Alien Relative (from $420 to $535)

    · Application for Travel Document (from $360 to $575)

    · Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (from $580 to $700)

    · Notice of Appeal or Motion (from $630 to $675)

    · Petition for Special Immigrant (from $405 to $435)

    · Application to Adjust Status (from $985 to $1,140)

    · Immigrant Petition by alien Entrepreneur (from $1,500 to $3,675)

    · Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (from $290 to $370)

    · Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability (from $585 to $630)

    · Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (from $585 to $630)

    · Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (from $505 to $595)

    · Application for Employment Authorization (from $380 to $410)

    · Application for Naturalization (from $595 to $640)

    · Application for Certificate of Citizenship (from $600 to $1,170)

    If you are planning on filing for one of the above benefits and you would like to file before the increase kicks in, contact an immigration attorney who has experience in a quick but accurate turnaround. Also, consider if you are eligible for a fee waiver or reduced fee depending on your income level.

    About The Author

    Christina M. Turovskiy (Christy) is an associate attorney at Hammond Law Group. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree, Cum Laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She is admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio. She can be reached at christy@hammondlawgroup.com.

    The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.

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