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OISS Reminders

USCIS Immigration Filing Fees to Increase Effective December 23

Effective December 23, 2016, the filing fees for many USCIS petitions and applications will increase. According to DHS, the higher fees reflect the current cost of processing immigration applications and petitions; some portion of the increased fees will provide additional funding for refugee and citizenship programs as well as system support for interagency immigration status verification databases. The last comprehensive increase in USCIS filing fees took place in 2010.

New filing fees for key employment-based petitions and applications are as follows:

For H-1B Employees
Form # Form Title Current Effective as of 12/23/2016
I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $325 $460

For students filing for OPT and other types of employment authorization
Form # Form Title Current Effective as of 12/23/2016
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization $380 $410

For students, scholars and their dependents changing or extending their non-immigrant visa status in the US through USCIS:

Form # Form Title Current Effective as of 12/23/2016
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status $290 $370

For more comprehensive list of all USCIS fee changes, please see NAFSA: USCIS Fee Changes and USCIS Our Fees. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact OISS.