Filing Fee Increases


The clock is ticking . . . 

The Immigration Service recently proposed raising the filing fees for many immigration applications.

We expect filing fees to increase in the Fall of 2016.

The biggest proposed filing fee increases are for the following applications.

  1. Naturalization (Form N-400)
  • Increase from $595 to $640
  1. Proof of US Citizenship (Forms N-600 and N-600K)
  • Increase from $600 to $1170
  1. Relative Petitions (Forms I-130 and I-485)
  • Increase from $1490 to $1760
  1. Replacement of Green Cards (Form I-90)
  • Increase from $365 to $455
  1. Nonimmigrant Workers, such as H-1B and R-1 applications (Form I-129)
  • Increase from $325 to $460


Partial Fee Waiver for Naturalization Applications

Those with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines may use form I-942 to request a reduced filing fee. Click here for information on the Federal Poverty Guidelines 



If you eligible to file any of the above applications, it would be wise to file before the filing fees increase.  Contact us  at if you would like our help in filing these applications.

Diversity Lottery Tip


The Diversity Lottery Program provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) every year for those from counties with low rates of immigration to the US. Lottery winners are drawn from all entries of those who qualify to apply. For more information on the Diversity Lottery, including a list of countries whose natives are eligible to apply for the lottery, visit


Filing an application for the diversity Lottery may have an impact on your ability to enter the US on a nonimmigrant, or temporary, visa such as a student visa or a visitor’s visa.

  • When you apply for the diversity lottery, you are providing evidence of your intent to enter the US and remain in the US permanently.
  • When you apply for a temporary visa you need to show that you intend to enter the US temporarily, and that you plan to return to your resident in your home country.
  • These two intentions may conflict with each other. A diversity lottery application is only one piece of evidence of your intent to live permanently in the US. This may be overcome with strong evidence that you plan to return to your home country.


Think carefully about your intention at the time you apply for a temporary visa.  Also think about what evidence you have available to prove that you intend to return to your home country at the end of the admission period for your temporary visa.