August 6, 2020

US: Revised Fee Schedule

From October 2nd, 2020, a revised DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) fee schedule will be applicable which will increase costs for most applications and petitions.
In addition, the DHS will also be extending the premium processing adjudication period from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. The fee for the premium processing service however will not increase.

What has changed?

The chargeable fees for the majority of applications and processes will increase; examples of highly utilized applications are as follows:

Application Current Fee Final Fee
I-129 (H-1B) $460 $555
I-129 (L-1) $460 $805
I-140 $700 $555
I-765 (EAD) $410 $550
I-485 (Adjustment of Status) $1,140 $1,130

There is however a concession that some applications selected to be submitted online as opposed to via mail will incur a $10 discount.

In addition to the transactional fee changes, there will also be the requirement for employers with a high percentage of H-1B and L-1 employees to make additional border security fee payments.

What to expect /impact?

Applicants and employers should expect to incur higher costs for their US immigration matters, as well as longer processing times when utilizing premium processing.

For further information on the US entry requirements, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at 

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