When seeking an immigration status change in the U.S., the proper form for the request will have to be completed and submitted to officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), along with the appropriate filing fees. These fees can vary widely, according to the nature of the request.
The following table presents an overview of the filing fees currently associated with some of the most common status change requests sought by foreign nationals in the U.S.
|Form Name||Filing Fee*||Biometrics Fee (+$85) Added?**|
|N-400, Application for Naturalization||$595||Y|
|I-698, Application to Change from Temporary to Permanent Resident||$1,020||Y|
|I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)||$50||Y|
|I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker||$325||N|
|I-140, Immigration Petition for Alien Worker||$580||N|
|I-765, Application for Employment Authorization||$380||N|
|I-881, Application to Suspend Deportation or Removal Proceedings||$285||Y|
|I-131, Application for Travel Document||$360||Y|
|I-907, Request for Premium (Expedited) Processing||$1,225||N|
|I-694, Notice of Appeal||$755||N|
*All fee amounts are noted in U.S. dollars.
**Biometrics is the fingerprinting and background check process that is only required for certain petitioners/status change requests.
USCIS Filing Fees: More Important Information
- Acceptable forms of payment – USCIS accepts credit and debit cards, as well as money orders and cashier’s checks. Never send cash to USCIS to cover filing fees. Also, be aware that some USCIS fees can be paid online.
- Fee exemptions – Certain groups of people who file for immigration status changes in the U.S. will be exempt from the filing fees. These people include (but may not necessarily be limited to):
- SB-1 visa holders (i.e., returning lawful permanent residents)
- K nonimmigrants
- Children coming into the U.S. via an orphan or Hague adoption program.
- Fee waivers – For certain requests and petitioners, USCIS may provide fee waivers. Typically, to qualify for a fee waiver, proof of need/hardship in paying the fee needs to be submitted to USCIS. To request a fee waiver, Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, must be completed and provided to USCIS with the appropriate supporting documentation.
- Fee changes – Please be aware that USCIS fees are periodically updated. Be sure to check the Form for your request to verify the latest filing fee associated with your status change need.
To view the complete USCIS filing fee schedule (to date as of July 2016), click here.
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