According to the Associated Press:  “The Obama administration has proposed increasing the application fee for a green card — given to foreigners with permission to live and work in the U.S. permanently — from $930 to $985. The fee for required fingerprinting also would go up $5 to $85, for a total of $1,070.”

At least a $60 fee increase from $1010 to $1070 is palatable.  When I first started practicing over a decade ago, the filing fee for an H-1B petition was $185.  Today the total filing fees for an initial H-1B are a high as $2320.  If a private business increased the cost of goods or services sold more than eleven-fold in a few years, I doubt that it would still be around.

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Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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