Immigration Application, Document Fees Go Up

Immigration Application, Document Fees Go Up by www.click2houston.com – July 30, 2007

  • HOUSTON – Immigration application and document fees increased an average of 66 percent on Monday, KPRC Local 2 reported.The new fees apply to 39 different services. Some of the largest increases applied to the most frequent documents immigrants are required to have.
  • The cost of a green card to establish residence nearly tripled to $1,010. The old fee was $395. “Even if you think it’s too expensive and everything, you’ve got to do it,” immigrant Alper Sunar said. “It’s for your family and your family’s well-being.” United States Citizen and Immigration Services officials said the agency simply needs the money. “To do nothing is to invite organizational disaster,” USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez said.
  • The increase is expected to raise about $1.1 billion a year. Some activists have said that the increase could cause some immigrants to not apply for the proper documents and remain in the country illegally. Below is a list of the old and new fees for some of the most common documents:
  • • Permanent Residence (Green Card)
    Old Fee: $395
    New Fee: $1,010

    • Application For Citizenship
    Old Fee: $400
    New Fee: $675

    • Petition For Non-Immigrant Worker
    Old Fee: $190
    New Fee: $320

    • Travel Document Application
    Old Fee: $170
    New Fee: $305

    • Special Immigrant Petition
    Old Fee: $190
    New Fee: $375

    • Employment Authorization
    Old Fee: $180
    New Fee: $340

    • Petition For Alien Fiance(e)
    Old Fee: $170
    New Fee: $455

    • Petition For Alien Relative
    Old Fee: $190
    New Fee: $355

    A complete list of the new fees is available on the USICS’s Web site