On December 23, 2017, USCIS fees for most applications will increase by an average 21%. Any applications filed on or after December 23, 2016 will require the new fee. Be advised that there are significant increases for some applications. There is a new 3-level fee structure for Naturalization applications. The N-400 application fee will increase from $680 (including the biometrics fee) to $725 (including the biometrics fee). A reduced fee of $405 (with biometrics fee) will apply to applicants with household income greater than 150% but not more than 200% of federal poverty guidelines. No fee will be charged to certain applicants with military service or those with approved fee waivers. The fee for an Application for Certificate of Citizenship (N-600) for those applicants who derived citizenship through biological parents will increase by over $570- from $600 to $1,170 (without the biometrics fee.) Temporary Employment Authorization fees will increase from $360 to $575 (plus $85 biometrics fee). K-1 Fiance petitions will increase from $340 to $535 and I-130 immigrant petitions will increase from $420 to $535. The new fees are located on the USCIS.gov website.
If you have been putting off filing your application – the new President taking the oath of office on January 20, 2017, and the upcoming fee increases should give you incentive to file immediately for any immigration benefit you might qualify for. You should consult with an experienced immigration attorney to see if you qualify for legal status by means of immigrant visas through family members – even if you entered this country without documentation or overstayed a visa. These things can sometimes be cured by a waiver for qualified applicants.