Immigration Update:  Application Fees Increase on December 23, 2016


On December 23, 2016, fees for immigration applications will become more expensive.  The fee increase averages about 20% depending upon the type of application being filed.  This increase is the first since November 23, 2010.  The new rule will affect any applications or petitions filed on or after November 23, 2016.  Below is a sample of some of the common forms and the increased fees which will be due.

Sample of Fee Increases
Application Type Current Fee New Fee
Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (I-129)
H-1B Visa
(plus $1,500 Training fee and $500 Fraud Prevention & Detection fee)
(plus $1,500 Training fee and $500 Fraud Prevention & Detection fee)
Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (I-129)
L Visa
(plus $500Fraud Prevention & Detection fee)
(plus $500 Fraud Prevention & Detection fee)
Relative Petition (I-130) $420 $535
Petition for Immigrant Worker (I-140) $580 $700
Application to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident for applicants over age 14 (I-485) $985 $1,140
Application for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) (I-765) $380 $410
Application for Travel Document (I-131) $360 $575
Application for Naturalization (N-400) $595 $640
(required for various applications)
$85 $85


Cynthia Waisman, an attorney, focuses her practice in the area of Immigration Law.  For more information, go to our website or call Tampa (813)279-6180 or Clearwater (727)712-2299.