An Overview of 2017 USCIS Filing Fees for Immigration Status Changes

An Overview of 2017 USCIS Filing Fees for Immigration Status Changes

2017 USCIS Filing Fees

2017 USCIS Filing Fees

To officially request an immigration status change in the U.S., an applicant (i.e., a petitioner) will usually have to pay filing fees to authorities at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order for the request to be processed.

Filing fees can vary widely, depending on the nature of the request (as well as whether biometrics – the background check process – will also be required).

To shed some light on this aspect of immigration cases and status change requests, below is an overview of the current filing fees (as of February 2017) for some of the most common types of immigration petitions.


Type of Request
(Associated Form)


USCIS Filing Fee
(in U.S. $)
Nonimmigrant Visa
(Form I-129)




Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
(Form I-129F)




Petition for Alien Relative
(Form I-130)




Application to Register Permanent Residence Status (Form I-485)




Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539)




Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (Form I-601A)





Application for Employment Authorization
(Form I-765)




Application for Naturalization
(Form N-400)




Biometrics Fees
(No form is with this; however, this fee will be applied/added to any request that requires biometrics.)


Immigration Case Filing Fees: More Important Information

  • Acceptable forms of payment – USCIS accepts various forms of payment to cover filing fees. These include cashier’s checks, money orders and even personal checks. While some fees may be payable online, USCIS advises that you never send cash to the agency to cover your filing fees.
  • Fee waivers – USCIS may waive the filing fees for certain applicants if they can prove that they are unable to pay the fees (based on their financial situation). To request a fee waiver, Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, needs to be completed and submitted to USCIS (with the necessary supporting documents). Please note that, if a fee waiver is going to be requested, the petition (associated with that waiver) cannot be filed online.
  • Fee updates – The above filing fees were last updated by USCIS in December 2016 (and before that, the previous fee update was issued in 2010). The bottom line here is that USCIS filing fees are subject to change and that it’s best to consult the USCIS fee schedule (here) to make sure you’re paying the right amount for your petition/request.
  • Refunds – USCIS filing fees are NOT refundable. So, if you make a mistake on your request, USCIS denies your petition and you have to refile your request, you will have to pay the filing fees again.

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By | 2018-05-01T09:35:16+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Employment-Based Immigration Issues, Family-Based Immigration Issues, Immigration Attorney Blog, U.S Citizenship, U.S. Visas|Comments Off on An Overview of 2017 USCIS Filing Fees for Immigration Status Changes
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