USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increases for July 30, 2007

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today a final fee structure that increases the filing fees for its applications and petitions.  It claims that the new fee structure includes benefits for some families with children and also expands the availability of fee waivers and exemptions

Applications or petitions postmarked or otherwise filed on or after July 30, 2007 must include the new fee.

It should be emphasized that although the Form I-485 application to adjust status is increasing from $395 to $1,010, including biometrics, this increased fee will INCLUDE the filing fees for the Form I-765 application for work authorization and Form I-131 request for travel permission, which currently cost $250 together.  Therefore, the real fee for those applying for these benefits actually increases by $265.