Filing fees have recently been changed by the USCIS; the new fees are effective November 1, 2011.
Listed below is a table of fees, which consist of attorney fees and filing fees. Filing fees are charges that are set by the USCIS to cover, among other things, the cost of adjudicating immigration petitions and applications. Attorney fees are the fees charged by the law firm for our professional services. The initial attorney fee is due upon submission of your signed retainer agreement to us. The filing fee is due before the application is filed with the USCIS. Fees due upon approval (if applicable) are paid when a milestone in case processing is achieved, as stated in the retainer agreement. The fees range in price due to the complexity of issues or length of process time and work involved. Keep in mind that these fees are estimates, and that fees may vary depending on the difficulty/simplicity and specific facts of each individual case.
We believe that each applicant deserves to know the costs involved in participating in the U.S. immigration process. Generally, there are three kinds of costs associated with filing an immigration petition:
- Most applicants are concerned primarily with the monetary cost of filing a petition, specifically attorney fees and filing fees. These are not insignificant costs, but they are well worth it for the benefits that living and working in America can provide. There are two other kinds of costs that are often overlooked but should be considered.
- The second type of cost is the emotional cost, which may have a greater impact on your life than the financial outlay of a certain sum of money. The uncertainty of your non-immigrant status can make your life stressful. For example, an H-1B holder may always worry about the possibility of being laid off, which will place him/her out of status.
- The third type of cost is opportunity cost, i.e. what opportunities were not pursued or taken due to your current non-immigrant status. For example, prior to obtaining a Green Card, you may have passed up other career opportunities and remained with your current employer in order to maintain your non-immigrant status.
By retaining experienced attorneys to handle your case, you reduce the headaches and uncertainty that can accompany the immigration process. Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC fees are competitive and reasonable, and the skill and experience of our attorneys increases your chances of a successful application.
i. I-485 Filing fee for child under fourteen (14) years old is $635.
ii. Cost of posting job ads is not included.
iii. Employment-Based Consular Processing filing fee is $720, and the mandatory security surcharge is $74. However, some employment-based applicants do need to file the “Affidavit of Support” and pay the review service fee of $88 if “a relative filed the immigrant visa petition or has a 5 percent or greater ownership interest in the business that filed the petition”.
iv. Family-based Consular Processing filing fee is $330, and the mandatory security surcharge is $74. Most family-based applicants are required to pay an additional $88 for “Affidavit of Support Review” service if the affidavits are filed in the U.S.
v. $85 biometric fee for applicants ages 14 through 79.
vi. $750 for employers with 1 to 25 full-time equivalent employees, unless exempt. $1,500 for employers with 26 or more full-time equivalent employees, unless exempt.
The cases contains fingerprint process have to pay the new fingerprint fee $70
vii. $380 each person. (If I-485 was filed before July 30, 2007, then $380 filing fee is required. If I-485 was file after July 30, 2007, then no fee is required for I-765.)
None = No filing fee or No attorney fees are due upon approval.
Please check with your attorney for fees not listed above.
Fees listed above are subject to change without a notice. Moreover, they are for the majority cases in each category. An individual client may be charged at a higher fee, depending on the totality of the circumstances for the client. Zhang and Attorneys have the discretion to charge a higher fee than the fee schedules listed above. Fees listed above do not include any personal appearances by attorney at USCIS offices.