Hard Times await foreigners in U.S. from October 2 as Trump administration increases fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests

Hard times await foreigners in the United States beginning October 2, 2020, when the Donald Trump administration is set to implement fee increases for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests by an average of 20 percent.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published last week a final rule in the Federal Register that details the new cost for dozens of immigration and naturalization applications.

The new rule by the U.S. Homeland Security would see immigrants and foreign nationals in the United States pay more in fees to apply for many immigration and naturalization benefit requests.

The new rule, which aims to recover the agency’s operating costs, would see asylum seekers pay a $50 fee for their case to be heard. It also establishes multiple fees for non-immigrant worker applications and limits the number of beneficiaries for certain forms.

Some drastic rate increase affect permanent legal residence or green cards, work visas, documents for families or crime victims, work authorization for everyone, including for asylum seekers and U.S. citizenship through naturalization.

Below is the list of immigration benefit request fees for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms that would increase from October 2, 2020.

▪ I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Current fee: $535. Final Fee: $560 ($550 for online filing). Percentage change: 5% (3%).

▪ I-131, Application for Travel Document

For an individual age 16 or older:

Current fee: $135. Final Fee: $145. Percentage change: 7%.

For a child under the age of 16:

Current fee: $105. Final Fee: $115. Percentage change: 10%

 I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Current fee: $575. Final Fee: $1,010. Percentage change: 76%.

▪ I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant

Current fee: $585. Final Fee: $1,400. Percentage change: 139%.

▪ I-193, Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa

Current fee: $585. Final Fee: $2,790. Percentage change: 377%.

▪ I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal

Current fee: $930. Final Fee: $1,050. Percentage change: 13%.

▪ I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion

Current fee: $675. Final Fee: $700. Percentage change: 4%.

▪ I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

Current fee: $435. Final Fee: $450. Percentage change: 3%.

▪ I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor

Current fee: $3,675. Final Fee: $4,010. Percentage change: 9%.

▪ I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Current fee: $370. Final Fee: $400 ($390 for online filing). Percentage change: 8% (5%).

▪ I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal

Current fee: $0. Final Fee: $50. Percentage change: N/A.

▪ I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as Immediate Relative

Current fee: $775. Final Fee: $805. Percentage change: 4%.

▪ I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility

Current fee: $930. Final Fee: $1,010. Percentage change: 9%.

▪ I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Current fee: $630. Final Fee: $960. Percentage change: 52%.

▪ I-690, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

Current fee: $715. Final Fee: $765. Percentage change: 7%.

▪ I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

Current fee: $595. Final Fee: $760. Percentage change: 28%.

▪ I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Current fee: $410. Final Fee: $550. Percentage change: 34%.

▪ I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

Current fee: $465. Final Fee: $495. Percentage change: 6%.

▪ I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal

Current fee: $285. Final Fee: $1,810. Percentage change: 535%.

▪ I-924A, Annual Certification of Regional Center

Current fee: $3,035. Final Fee: $4,465. Percentage change: 47%.

▪ I-929, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant (Victims of Criminal Activity)

Current fee: $230. Final Fee: $1,485. Percentage change: 546%.

▪ N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intention

Current fee: $270. Final Fee: $1,305. Percentage change: 383%.

▪ N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

Current fee: $700. Final Fee: $1,735 ($1,725 for online filing). Percentage change: 148% (146%).

▪ N-400, Application for Naturalization

Current fee: $640. Final Fee: $1,170 ($1,160 if filed online). Percentage change: 83% (81%).

▪ N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes

Current fee: $355. Final Fee: $1,585. Percentage change: 346%.

▪ G-1041, Genealogy Index Search Request

Current fee: $65. Final Fee: $170 ($160 for online filing). Percentage change: 162% (146%).

▪ G-1041A, Genealogy Records Request

Current fee: $65. Final Fee: $265 ($255 for online filing). Percentage change: 308% (292%).

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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