Applying for a Visa is Getting More Expensive – USCIS Visa Fees will Increase in December

Are you thinking about applying for a visa?  If so, you might want to consider filing your application quickly to save some money as USCIS is going to raise filing fees.  In some cases, the increase in fees is almost 200% and on average filing fees will increase by 21%.  We have summarized some of the increases that will take place on December 23rd 2016.

Immigration Petition Old Fee New Fee Percentage Increase
I-129 (Petition for Non-Immigrant Workers – e.g. H-1B, E-2, L-1) $325 $460 42%
I-485 (Green Card Adjustment of Status Application) $985 $1,140 16%
I-765 (Employment Authorization) $380 $410 8%
I-526 (EB-5 Petition) $1,500 $3,675 145%
I-924 (Application for a Regional Center) $6,230 $17,795 186%
N-400 (Citizenship Application) $595 $640 8%
I-130 (Green Card Petition for Relative) $420 $535 27%
I-140 (Green Card Petition for Employment) $580 $700 21%

You can find the fill list of fee increases by clicking here.

For more practical information and legal advice on a wide range of immigration visas, contact Scott Legal, P.C. Call 212-223-2964 or email for a consultation.

We welcome the opportunity to assist you.  Please contact us to set up a one hour consultation.


For more practical information and legal advice on immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, contact Scott Legal, P.C. Call 212-223-2964 or email for a consultation.

Ian E. Scott, Esq. is the Founder of Scott Legal, P.C. He can be reached at 212-223-2964 or by email at

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  1. Raman November 28, 2016 2:34 pm

    I will try to studyin poland without ielts .. in properly visa

    • IanScott November 29, 2016 12:55 am

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      E-2 Visa Brochure

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