New USCIS Fees Starting April 1, 2024

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a final rule on January 30, adjusting its immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016. This update is designed to improve USCIS’s operational funding, facilitating more efficient processing of applications and aligning with the commitment to timely decision-making.

The new fees are set to take effect on April 1, 2024.

In addition to changing immigration fees, the new USCIS rule has also modified premium processing, which will now have its deadlines counted on business days and no longer on calendar days. It also established reduced fees for nonprofits and small businesses.

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“For the first time in over seven years, USCIS is updating our fees to better meet the needs of our agency, enabling us to provide more timely decisions to those we serve,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou, according to the agency’s website.

New USCIS Fees Table

The new USCIS fees are:

Type of Filing Current Fee Final Fee Variation
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (online filing) $455 $415 -9%
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (online filing) (with biometric services) $540 $415 -23%
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (paper filing) $455 $465 2%
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (paper filing) (with biometric services) $540 $465 -14%
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document $445 $560 26%
I-129 H-1B $460 $780 70%
I-129 H-1B (small employers and nonprofits) $460 $460 0%
I-129 H-2A – Named Beneficiaries $460 $1,090 137%
I-129 H-2A – Named Beneficiaries (small employers and nonprofits) $460 $545 18%
I-129 H-2A – Unnamed Beneficiaries $460 $530 15%
I-129 H-2A – Unnamed Beneficiaries (small employers and nonprofits) $460 $460 0%
I-129 H-2B – Named Beneficiaries $460 $1,080 135%
I-129 H-2B – Named Beneficiaries (small employers and nonprofits) $460 $540 17%
I-129 H-2B – Unnamed Beneficiaries $460 $580 26%
I-129 H-2B – Unnamed Beneficiaries (small employers and nonprofits) $460 $460 0%
I-129 Petition for L Nonimmigrant workers $460 $1,385 201%
I-129 Petition for L Nonimmigrant workers (small employers and nonprofits) $460 $695 51%
I-129 Petition for O Nonimmigrant workers $460 $1,055 129%
I-129 Petition for O Nonimmigrant workers (small employers and nonprofits) $460 $530 15%
I-129CW CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker and I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: E, H-3, P, Q, R, or TN Classifications $460 $1,015 121%
I-129CW CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker and I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: E, H-3, P, Q, R, or TN Classifications (with biometric services) $545 $1,015 85%
I-129CW Petition for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker and I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: E, H-3, P, Q, R, or TN Classifications (small employers and nonprofits) $460 $510 11%
I-129CW Petition for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker and I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: E, H-3, P, Q, R, or TN Classifications (small employers and nonprofits) (with biometric services) $545 $510 -6%
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $535 $675 26%
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (online filing) $535 $625 17%
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (paper filing) $535 $675 26%
I-131 Application for Travel Document $575 $630 10%
I-131 Application for Travel Document (with biometric services) $660 $630 -5%
I-131 Refugee Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older $135 $165 22%
I-131 Refugee Travel Document for an individual age 16 or older (with biometric services) $220 $165 -25%
I-131 Refugee Travel Document for a child under the age of 16 $105 $135 29%
I-131 Refugee Travel Document for a child under the age of 16 (with biometric services) $190 $135 -29%
I-131A Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation) $575 $575 0%
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers $700 $715 2%
I-191 Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) $930 $930 0%
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant (CBP) $585 $1,100 88%
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant (USCIS) $930 $1,100 18%
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa $585 $695 19%
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal $930 $1,175 26%
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $675 $800 19%
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant $435 $515 18%
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status $1,140 $1,440 26%
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (with biometric services) $1,225 $1,440 18%
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (under the age of 14 in certain conditions) $750 $950 27%
I-526/526E Immigrant Petition by Standalone/Regional Center $3,675 $11,160 204%
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (online filing) $370 $420 14%
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (online filing) (with biometric services) $455 $420 -8%
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (paper filing) $370 $470 27%
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (paper filing) (with biometric services) $455 $470 3%
I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and I-600A Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition $775 $920 19%
I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and I-600A Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition (with biometric services for one adult) $860 $920 7%
I-600A/I-600 Supplement 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-600A/I-600 N/A $455 N/A
I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility $930 $1,050 13%
I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver $630 $795 26%
I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (with biometric services) $715 $795 11%
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended) $930 $1,100 18%
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident $1,130 $1,240 10%
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident (with biometric services) $1,215 $1,240 2%
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility Under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act $715 $905 27%
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision $890 $1,125 26%
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA) $1,670 $1,670 0%
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA) (with biometric services) $1,755 $1,670 -5%
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence $595 $750 26%
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (with biometric services) $680 $750 10%
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (online filing) $410 $470 15%
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (online filing) (with biometric services) $495 $470 -5%
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (paper filing) $410 $520 27%
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (paper filing) (with biometric services) $495 $520 5%
I-800 Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative and Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country $775 $920 19%
I-800 Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative and Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country (with biometric services) $860 $920 7%
I-800A Supplement 3, Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A $385 $455 18%
I-800A Supplement 3, Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A (with biometric services) $470 $455 -3%
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits $600 $760 27%
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits (with biometric services) $685 $760 11%
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition $465 $590 27%
I-829 Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions $3,750 $9,525 154%
I-829 Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions (with biometric services) $3,835 $9,525 148%
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (for an individual adjudicated by DHS) $285 $340 19%
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (for an individual adjudicated by DHS) (with biometric services) $370 $340 -8%
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (for a family adjudicated by DHS) $570 $340 -40%
I-881 Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (for a family adjudicated by DHS) (with biometric services for two people) $740 $340 -48%
I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation $785 $990 26%
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant $230 $0 -100%
I-941 Application for Entrepreneur Parole $1,200 $1,200 0%
I-941 Application for Entrepreneur Parole (with biometric services) $1,285 $1,200 -7%
I-956 Application for Regional Center Designation $17,795 $47,695 168%
I-956F Application for Approval of an Investment in a Commercial Enterprise $17,795 $47,695 168%
I-956G Regional Center Annual Statement $3,035 $4,470 47%
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention $270 $320 19%
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings Under Section 336 (online filing) $700 $780 11%
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings Under Section 336 (paper filing) $700 $830 19%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (online filing) $640 $710 11%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (online filing) (with biometric services) $725 $710 -2%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing) $640 $760 19%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (paper filing) (with biometric services) $725 $760 5%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (applicants with household income between 150 and 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG)) $320 $380 19%
N-400 Application for Naturalization (applicants with household income between 150 and 400% of the FPG) (with biometric services) $405 $380 -6%
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes $355 $420 18%
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (online filing) $555 $505 -9%
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (paper filing) $555 $555 0%
N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (online filing) $1,170 $1,335 14%
N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship (paper filing) $1,170 $1,385 18%
N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate (online filing) $1,170 $1,335 14%
N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate (paper filing) $1,170 $1,385 18%
USCIS Immigrant Fee $220 $235 7%
H-1B Registration Process Fee $10 $215 2,05%
Biometric Services (limited circumstances) $85 $30 -65%
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request (online filing) $65 $30 -54%
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request (paper filing) $65 $80 23%
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (online filing) $65 $30 -54%
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (paper filing) $65 $80 23%
G-1566 Request for Certificate of Non-Existence $0 $330 N/A

Highlights

Note tha USCIS is implementing distinct filing fee adjustments for various nonimmigrant case types, including H-1B, L-1, and others. The H-1B petition fee is set to undergo a substantial increase from $460 to $780, marking a notable 70% rise. Similarly, the L-1 petition fee will experience a significant boost, reaching $1,385 from its current $460, signifying a substantial 201% increase. It’s worth noting that certain small employers and nonprofits may qualify for reduced fees.

DHS is also setting the filing fee for Form I–765 – Aplication for Employment Authorization at $260 (half the price) if it is filed concurrently with Form I–485 – Adjustment of Status .

Employers that sponsor foreign workers should account for the budget impact of increased filing fees.

The new rule also brings substantial changes to filing fees for specific EB-5 immigrant petitions. The fees for Form I-526 and Form I-526E (Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur/Standalone and Regional Center Investor) will be $11,160 – 204% more expensive than the existing $3,675 fee. Additionally, the Form I-829 (Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status) fee is slated to increase to $9,525 (148%).

USCIS has also incorporated biometrics fees into the base fee for most forms for which biometrics is required. Form 1-821 for Temporary Protection Status (TPS) is the only application that will keep a separate biometrics fee ($30).

 

Background and Fee Review

This final rule follows a comprehensive fee review mandated by law, subsequent to a notice of proposed rulemaking in January 2023. USCIS identified a significant shortfall in the current fee structure, impacting the agency’s ability to cover operational costs, including the expansion of humanitarian programs, mandated pay raises, increased staffing, and crucial investments.

“Despite years of inadequate funding, the USCIS workforce has made great strides in customer service, backlog reduction, implementing new processes and programs, and upholding fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve,” added Director Jaddou.

Stakeholder Feedback and Adjustments

USCIS received over 5,400 public comments in response to the proposed rulemaking announced in 2023. The final fee rule reflects considerations and feedback from stakeholders, incorporating several crucial updates since the initial proposal. Noteworthy changes include:

  • Lowering the agency’s required annual cost recovery by $727 million, in part by considering the budget effects of improved efficiency measures.
  • Expanding fee exemptions for specific groups, such as Special Immigrant Juveniles, victims of human trafficking, crime, and domestic violence, U.S. military service members, Afghans, and families pursuing international adoption.
  • Introducing special fee discounts for nonprofit organizations and small business employers.
  • Offering reduced fees for Employment Authorization Document applications in specific situations.
  • Expanding eligibility for fee reductions for naturalization applications based on household income.
  • Allowing a reduced $950 Adjustment of Status fee for children under 14 if their form is submitted concurrently with that of a parent.

Implementation and Grace Period

The new fees outlined in the final rule are set to take effect on April 1, 2024. USCIS encourages stakeholders to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on its website for a comprehensive list of revised fees and also forms, since some forms will have a new edition starting April 1, 2024.

During a grace period from April 1, 2024, through June 3, 2024, USCIS will accept both previous and new editions of certain forms, provided the correct fee is submitted.

There will be no grace period for the following new forms, however, “because they must be revised with a new fee calculation”, says USCIS.

  • Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
  • Form I-129 CW, Petition for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker
  • Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers
  • Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition (and supplement 1, 2 and 3)
  • Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

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