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Significant Fee Increases Proposed

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January 2020
Significant Fee Increases Proposed

A proposed DHS rule, published in the Federal Register on November 14, would increase filing fees and would impose new filing and fee requirements for many immigration cases. The DHS accepted comments on the proposal through December 16, 2019. After the comments have been processed, the DHS will publish a final rule, which should include an effective date.

I-129 separation and H1B and L1 fee
DHS is proposing to separate the standard Form I-129 nonimmigrant worker petition into different forms for each visa classification, and to impose different fees for each classification. Instead of the current Form I-129 fee of $460 an employer would file a visa-specific I-129 form with its new accompanying fee under the proposed rule. The change would affect all classifications sought through the Form I-129, including H-1B, H-2A/B, L-1, O, and TN.

The proposed H-1B fee increase is 22% to $560. One of the greatest increases would be imposed on the L-1 classification, with a fee of $815 -- 77% more than employers currently pay for each L-1 initial or extension of stay petition filed with USCIS.

Fee structure for adjustment and related benefits
Currently, adjustment applicants pay a filing fee of $1,225. This fee covers the adjustment application itself, as well as applications for initial employment authorization documents (EADs) and advance parole (AP). It also covers future EAD and AP renewals while the adjustment case is pending.

The proposal seeks to eliminate this “bundled” fee, and instead require separate fees for new and renewed EADs and APs. The cost to file an adjustment application with ancillary benefits will increase to $2,195, and applicants will be required to pay fees of $490 and $585, respectively, for each EAD and AP renewal.

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APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR January  2020

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

15Jul13

15Jul13

2A

Current

Current

2B

08Aug14

08Aug14

3rd

15Nov07

15Nov07

4th

08Nov04

01Feb07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jan15

01Oct18

2nd

18May09

Current

3rd

01Jan09

Current

Other

01Jan09

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)

5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)

01May18

 

U

Current

 

U

 

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - January 2020

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

15Mar14

15Mar14

2A

01Nov19

01Nov19

2B

08Apr15

08Apr15

3rd

15Jul08

15Jul08

4th

08Jul05

22Jul07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

15Mar17

Current

2nd

01Jul09

Current

3rd

01Feb10

01Jan19

Other

01Feb10

01Jan19

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-for-january-2020.html

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