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Introduction to the Asylum Program Fee

Great news and important updates for those pursuing green cards through EB-1A (Extraordinary Ability) or EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver)! There’s a significant change coming that could impact your application process and associated costs.

  • Introducing the Asylum Program Fee:

A new $600 Asylum Program Fee will be implemented, affecting employers sponsoring petitions for both nonimmigrant and immigrant workers. This includes the forms relevant to EB-1A and EB-2 NIW applicants. The aim? To provide additional resources for the asylum program and potentially streamline processing times for everyone.

  • Good News for Self-Petitioners:

If you’re filing an EB-1A or EB-2 NIW petition on your own behalf (self-petitioning), here’s some positive news! You may qualify for a reduced fee of $300. This applies specifically if you fall under the category of a small employer with 25 or fewer full-time employees. When completing Form I-140, self-petitioners must answer “Yes” to Question 6 in Part 1 to indicate they meet this criteria.

  • Potential Impact on Processing Times:

The introduction of this fee aims to strengthen the asylum officer corps. This could have a positive ripple effect, leading to more focused attention on non-asylum cases like EB-1A and EB-2 NIW petitions, potentially resulting in faster processing times overall.

  • Simplified Payment Process:

The good news continues! There’s no need for additional forms or complicated paperwork for this fee. If paying by check or money order, simply include it separately with your other application fees. For online payments using a credit card, you can utilize one form for all fees, encompassing the Asylum Program fee as well.

Important Notes for Employers and Self-Petitioners:

Remember, this fee applies to each Form I-129 submitted, including initial petitions, extensions of stay, and changes of employer. However, discounts are available for small employers and non-profit organizations. Be sure to check your eligibility!

Let’s navigate these changes together!

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