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USCIS Filing Fees Go Up November 23, 2010

On November 23, 2010, the filing fees for many U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms go up on average 10%. USCIS published a detailed schedule. Applications filed with the old fees must be RECEIVED by Monday, November 22, 2010, which means they need to be express mailed by Friday, November 19. Some applications did not have a fee increase, such as the N400 for naturalization, but the biometrics fee that is filed with the N400 and with many other forms increased from $80 to $85 making that total cost from $675 to $680. Other applications had further adjustments to fees including a few reductions. New fees were imposed for the first time. For example, there is now a $6230.00 filing fee on form I924 to establish an EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center. USCIS also published Q&As explaining their methodology for the fee increases and the comments received. It will be interesting to see if the public experiences faster processing times in exchange for the higher fees paid. A last minute crush of filings to avoid the higher filing fees could cause delays in processing.