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USCIS fees. What should I expect to pay?

Bridge Team Member

The immigration process not only requires many complicated applications, but fees associated with each application that is submitted. This post will discuss three of the most common fees that people pay during their case and a brief description of what the fee goes to, as well as details on payment and the fees for other applications.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

This fee is $165 and covers the costs for processing and maintaining the immigration visa package, the cost of delivering and producing the Permanent Resident Card.

Biometrics Fee

This fee is about $85. The Biometrics appointment will collect your fingerprints, photo, and signature. Your fingerprints will be checked against immigration and police records to determine whether you have committed any crimes or violations.

Filling Fee

This fee is for the N-400 (Application for Naturalization) and can be from $200-$600 depending on the application. The purpose of a filing fee is to compensate those filing and dealing with your application (only one of many, many applications).

I have also attached a chart with past and current fees for many other applications, found on the USCIS website. The past fees are provided as a reference point to show how fees have changed over the past few years.

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<p align="center"><b>Form No.</b></p>

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<p align="center"><b>Application/Petition Description</b></p>

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<p align="center"><b>Past Fees (effective through Nov. 22, 2010</b></p>

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<p align="center"><b>Current Fees (effective beginning Nov. 23, 2010)</b></p>

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<td valign="top">I-90</td>

<td valign="top">Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card</td>

<td valign="top">$290</td>

<td valign="top">$365</td>

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<td valign="top">I-102</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document</td>

<td valign="top">$320</td>

<td valign="top">$330</td>

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<td valign="top">I-129/129CW</td>

<td valign="top">Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker</td>

<td valign="top">$320</td>

<td valign="top">$325</td>

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<td valign="top">I-129F</td>

<td valign="top">Petition for Alien Fianc̩(e)</td>

<td valign="top">$455</td>

<td valign="top">$340</td>

</tr>

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<td valign="top">I-130</td>

<td valign="top">Petition for Alien Relative</td>

<td valign="top">$355</td>

<td valign="top">$420</td>

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<td valign="top">I-131</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Travel Document</td>

<td valign="top">$305</td>

<td valign="top">$360</td>

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<td valign="top">I-140</td>

<td valign="top">Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker</td>

<td valign="top">$475</td>

<td valign="top">$580</td>

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<td valign="top">I-191</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile</td>

<td valign="top">$545</td>

<td valign="top">$585</td>

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<td valign="top">I-192</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant</td>

<td valign="top">$545</td>

<td valign="top">$585</td>

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<td valign="top">I-212</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. after Deportation or Removal</td>

<td valign="top">$545</td>

<td valign="top">$585</td>

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<td valign="top">I-290B</td>

<td valign="top">Notice of Appeal or Motion</td>

<td valign="top">$585</td>

<td valign="top">$630</td>

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<td valign="top">I-360</td>

<td valign="top">Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant</td>

<td valign="top">$375</td>

<td valign="top">$405</td>

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<td valign="top">I-485</td>

<td valign="top">Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status</td>

<td valign="top">$930</td>

<td valign="top">$985</td>

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<td valign="top">I-526</td>

<td valign="top">Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur</td>

<td valign="top">$1,435</td>

<td valign="top">$1,500</td>

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<td valign="top">I-539</td>

<td valign="top">Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status</td>

<td valign="top">$300</td>

<td valign="top">$290</td>

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<td valign="top">I-600/600AI-800/800A</td>

<td valign="top">Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition</td>

<td valign="top">$670</td>

<td valign="top">$720</td>

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<td valign="top">I-601</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability</td>

<td valign="top">$545</td>

<td valign="top">$585</td>

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<td valign="top">I-612</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement</td>

<td valign="top">$545</td>

<td valign="top">$585</td>

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<td valign="top">I-687</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act</td>

<td valign="top">$710</td>

<td valign="top">$1,130</td>

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<td valign="top">I-690</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility</td>

<td valign="top">$185</td>

<td valign="top">$200</td>

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<td valign="top">I-694</td>

<td valign="top">Notice of Appeal of Decision under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act</td>

<td valign="top">$545</td>

<td valign="top">$755</td>

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<td valign="top">I-698</td>

<td valign="top">Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of Public Law 99-603)</td>

<td valign="top">$1,370</td>

<td valign="top">$1,020</td>

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<td valign="top">I-751</td>

<td valign="top">Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence</td>

<td valign="top">$465</td>

<td valign="top">$505</td>

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<td valign="top">I-765</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Employment Authorization</td>

<td valign="top">$340</td>

<td valign="top">$380</td>

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<td valign="top">I-817</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Family Unity Benefits</td>

<td valign="top">$440</td>

<td valign="top">$435</td>

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<td valign="top">I-824</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition</td>

<td valign="top">$340</td>

<td valign="top">$405</td>

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<td valign="top">I-829</td>

<td valign="top">Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions</td>

<td valign="top">$2,850</td>

<td valign="top">$3,750</td>

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<td valign="top">I-881</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (Pursuant to Section 203 of Public Law 105‰ÛÒ110)</td>

<td valign="top">$285</td>

<td valign="top">$285</td>

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<td valign="top">I-907</td>

<td valign="top">Request for Premium Processing Service</td>

<td valign="top">$1,000</td>

<td valign="top">$1,225</td>

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<td valign="top"></td>

<td valign="top">Civil Surgeon Designation</td>

<td valign="top">$0</td>

<td valign="top">$615</td>

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<td valign="top">I-924</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program</td>

<td valign="top">$0</td>

<td valign="top">$6,230</td>

</tr>

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<td valign="top">N-300</td>

<td valign="top">Application to File Declaration of Intention</td>

<td valign="top">$235</td>

<td valign="top">$250</td>

</tr>

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<td valign="top">N-336</td>

<td valign="top">Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings</td>

<td valign="top">$605</td>

<td valign="top">$650</td>

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<td valign="top">N-400</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Naturalization</td>

<td valign="top">$595</td>

<td valign="top">$595</td>

</tr>

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<td valign="top">N-470</td>

<td valign="top">Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes</td>

<td valign="top">$305</td>

<td valign="top">$330</td>

</tr>

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<td valign="top">N-565</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document</td>

<td valign="top">$380</td>

<td valign="top">$345</td>

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<td valign="top">N-600/600K</td>

<td valign="top">Application for Certification of Citizenship/ Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322</td>

<td valign="top">$460</td>

<td valign="top">$600</td>

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<td valign="top"></td>

<td valign="top">Immigrant Visa DHS Domestic Processing</td>

<td valign="top">$0</td>

<td valign="top">$165</td>

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<td valign="top">Biometrics</td>

<td valign="top">Capturing, Processing, and Storing Biometric Information</td>

<td valign="top">$80</td>

<td valign="top">$85</td>

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</table>

Waiving the fees

If you desire to have a fee waived the USCIS developed the Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, in an effort to facilitate the fee waiver request process. Filling out this form requests the fee for certain immigration applications and is free to submit. Demonstrated inability to pay is the only reason USCIS will approve any waiver.

How to pay?

Bank drafts, cashier's checks, certified checks, personal checks, and money orders must be take from U.S financial institutions and payable in U.S funds. Checks can be made payable to the Department of Homeland Security. Do not put 'USDHS' or 'DHS' as the payment will not be accepted.

What if I don't pay?

Failing to pay the USCIS immigrant Fee of about $165 will not affect your application but prohibit you from receiving your green card until the payment is made.

Hopefully this post helped you now have an idea of what to expect during your process. If you have any questions, comments, or additional fees not seen here, free feel to leave a comment below or contact us!

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