H1B Fee Increase
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The H1B Fee Increase is effective from November 23rd, 2010, and will also be the applicable fees for H1B visa 2011 applications filed with the USCIS.

In summary, the H1B fee increase applies to petitions filed for the remaining 2010 H1B quota (FY2011), and the 2011 H1B visa quota (FY2012). 

The table below shows the H1B filing form number and a comparison of previous H1B fees, versus the new H1B visa fee increase for Regular and Premium processing.

The H1B fee increase is approx 10% increase in total visa filing fees. The new fees for H1B visa applications are for visas filed from Nov 23, 2010 onwards and are the current H1B fees for visa filing in 2011.

The table also includes a comparison of fees for Adjustment of Visa Status Filing, Green Card processing related forms, and EAD filing fees  

Form No. Application/Petition Description Existing Fees (effective through Nov. 22, 2010 Adjusted Fees (effective beginning Nov. 23, 2010)
I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $320 $325
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $475 $580
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant $545 $585
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization $340 $380
I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service $1,000 $1,225
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status $300 $290
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status $930 $985
  Source: USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions. The final rule  follows a period of public comment on a proposed version of the rule, which USCIS published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2010. The final rule will increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent but will not increase the fee for the naturalization application. The rule will also reduce fees for six individual applications and petitions and will expand the availability of fee waivers to new categories. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register September 24, and the adjusted fees will go into effect on November 23, 2010.

USCIS is a primarily fee-based organization with about 90 percent of its budget coming from fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews every two years to determine whether it is recovering its costs to administer the nation's immigration laws, process applications, and provide the infrastructure needed to support those activities. Remaining funds come from appropriations provided annually by Congress. The final fee rule concludes a comprehensive fee review begun in 2009.

USCIS's Fee-based Budget

Fees account for approximately $2.4 billion of USCIS's $2.8 billion budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2011. More than two-thirds of the budget supports the adjudication of applications and petitions for immigration benefits at USCIS field offices, service centers, customer service call centers and records facilities. The remainder supports USCIS business transformation efforts and the funding of headquarters program offices.