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401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
206.464.4224

Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
206.464.4224

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Mark Your Calendars: Significant USCIS Fee Increases Effective April 1, 2024

Published on February 14, 2024

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an increase to its filing fees for most applications. The increased fees will be effective April 1, 2024. Individuals applying for permanent residency as well as employers hiring foreign workers will be impacted by this substantial fee increase.

Employers with more than 25 employees should adjust their 2024 budgeting to account for the significant increases in filing fee costs, as they will pay 70% more for H-1B petition filings, 201% more for L-1 petitions for intracompany transfers, and 129% more for O-1 petitions for individuals of extraordinary ability. Additionally, employers with more than 25 employees filing Form I-129 nonimmigrant petitions and Form I-140 immigrant petitions will be required to pay an additional $600 (or $300 for employers with 25 or fewer employees) Asylum Program Fee. For example, the USCIS fees for H-1B petitions will increase from $2,460 to $3,380 for employers with more than 25 employees, and from $1,710 to $2,010 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

Individuals applying for a green card will see a filing fee increase from $1,225 (a bundling of all fees) to $2,330 (including separate fees for the Form I-485 ($1,440), I-131 ($660) and I-765 ($260) applications if filed concurrently).

The USCIS website contains a complete list of the new fees.

Some Key Takeaways from the Final Rule include:

  • The H-1B registration fee for the upcoming fiscal year will remain the same at $10. Starting next year, the H-1B registration fee will increase to $215.
  • USCIS has introduced a new Asylum Program Fee of $600, to be paid by employers who file either a Form I-129 or Form I-140. Employers with 25 or fewer employees will pay an additional $300 Asylum Program Fee instead of $600, and nonprofits will pay no Asylum Program Fee. The fee will cover some of the costs associated with asylum processing, which does not include its own fee.
  • USCIS will increase the premium processing fee from $2,500 to $2,805, effective February 26, 2024. The final rule revises the premium processing timeframe interpretation from 15 calendar days to 15 business days.
  • The biometrics fee is now included in the base fee for most cases.
  • The final rule not only increases the base filing fee for the Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status, but now requires separate filing fees for the Form I-131 Application for Advance Parole or Travel Document, and Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, whether or not they are filed together with the I-485 Application.

The applications which will have some of the most drastic increases in filing fees include certain common petitions and applications as follows:

Immigration Benefit Request Current Fee New Fee Difference
I-129 for H-1 Classifications $460 $780 $320
I-129 Petition for L Nonimmigrant workers $460 $1,385 $925
I-129 Petition for O Nonimmigrant workers $460 $1,055 $595
I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: E, H-3, P, Q, R, or TN Classifications $460 $1,015 $555
I-140 Petition for Alien Worker $700 $715 $15
I-539 Dependent Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status $370 $470 $100
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (with biometric services) $1,225 $1,440 $215
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (under the age of 14 in certain conditions) $750 $950 $200
Petition for Alien Relative I-130 $535 $675 $140
N-400 Naturalization Application $725 $760 $35
K-1 I-129F Fiancé(e) Visa $535 $675 $140
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) $410 $520 $110
I-131 Advance Parole (AP) Travel Permit $575 $630 $55

The immigration attorneys at Ryan Swanson recommend filing any petitions and applications before April 1st to avoid the higher fees, if possible. Employers should also update their immigration budgets in light of the higher fees.

Please contact the attorneys in our Immigration Group if you would like assistance with the filing of your visa petition, green card application and/or naturalization application. It is a great time to apply for a green card or U.S. citizenship now, ahead of the fee increase, and to ensure faster processing of your application.

 

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