OPE Alert: New fees and revised forms

USCIS would like to alert stakeholders to the new fees and revised forms taking effect on November 23, 2010.

New Fees

USCIS will begin collecting updated fees on November 23, 2010.  Applications or petitions mailed through the U.S. Postal Service postmarked on or after this date must include the new fee, or they will be rejected.  Applications or petitions mailed through Courier Service with a date of mail service on or after this date must include the new fee, or they will be rejected.  The attached fee schedule provides a detailed list of fees and includes a breakdown of when there is an exception to or variation for a particular fee. For example:

  • I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) fee if under 14 years of age and filing with at least one parent
  • I-131 (Application for Travel Document) fee if filing for a reentry permit, an advance parole document, or a refugee travel document

Revised Forms

USCIS has revised several forms, which will be published November 23, 2010.  Below are some highlights of the revisions:

Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker)

  • Revisions to the form will allow USCIS to collect data upfront to determine whether the petitioner is subject to the new H-1B and L-1 fees (Public Law 111-230).
  • The new version collects data on items such as the beneficiary’s gender, whether an itinerary is included with the petition, and whether the beneficiary will be working off-site.

Form I-129S (Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition)

  • The new version includes questions that help determine if the petitioner must submit the $2,250 fee required under Public Law 111-230.
  • The instructions provide greater clarity on when the $500 fraud prevention and detection fee should be submitted.

Form I-212 (Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States after Deportation or Removal)

  • USCIS revised the form to clarify the process for persons wishing to legally re-enter the U.S. after being deported or removed.
  • The instructions provide greater detail (including a jurisdictional chart) to assist the applicant with who should file the form, where, and which agency will adjudicate the application.

Once these revised forms are published, USCIS will only accept previous editions until a certain date.  Please use the information below as you prepare your petitions and applications:

Form Date revised form available on www.uscis.gov Last day USCIS can accept previous editions of the form Date USCIS will reject forms with previous edition dates
Form I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker)** November 23, 2010 December 22, 2010 December 23, 2010
Form I-129S (Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition) November 23, 2010 January 6, 2011 January 7, 2011
Form I-212 (Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal) November 23, 2010 January 6, 2011 January 7, 2011

**NOTE: USCIS previously indicated that the last day for accepting previous edition dates of the Form I-129 was December 21, 2010.  This was a miscalculation.  The last day USCIS will accept previous editions of the form I-129 is December 22, 2010.

Office of Public Engagement
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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