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Ch-Ch-Changes (Turn and Face the Change): USCIS Fees and Premium Processing Updates


Effective October 2, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will change the fees charged for most immigration benefit requests, update several of its forms, and adjust the premium processing timeframe available for most employer-based petitions from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. Fees will be adjusted by a weighted average of 20%, usually resulting in an increased fee but sometimes in a decreased fee. The table below summarizes the fee changes for the most common employer-based filings.


Current Fee

Final Fee

 I-129 Petition for H-1B or H-1B1 Beneficiary



 I-129 Petition for H-2A Named Beneficiaries



 I-129 Petition for H-2A Unnamed Beneficiaries



 I-129 Petition for H-2B Named Beneficiaries



 I-129 Petition for H-2B Unnamed Beneficiaries



 I-129 Petition for L Beneficiary



 I-129 Petition for O Beneficiary



 I-129 Petition for E or TN Beneficiary



 I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker



 I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status



 I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (paper filing)



 I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (Non-DACA)



If you have questions about the changes in fees or other general questions about immigration, please contact one of the immigration specialists in Koley Jessen’s Employment, Labor and Benefits Practice Group.

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