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Show Me the Money! Increased USCIS Fees Effective April 1, 2024

February 1, 2024

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a final rule adjusting the fees to file certain immigration applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The new fees go into effect on April 1, 2024, and will result in increased fees for most filings (some of which are significantly higher). As USCIS is almost entirely fee-funded, receiving only 4% funding from congressional appropriations, this new fee schedule is designed to cover the agency’s increased operational costs to adjudicate benefits, and to reduce current and future backlogs. More details can be found in the FAQ Section of USCIS’ website, found here - Frequently Asked Questions on the USCIS Fee Rule | USCIS.

Notable changes in the fee schedule include, but are not limited to, the following:

Other notable changes include the following adjustments:

Finally, in a separate rule, Federal Register :: Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees premium processing fees are set to increase on February 26, 2024. Notably, the premium processing fee for I-129 Petitions filed on behalf of H-1B, L-1, and TN workers will increase to $2,805. Most I-140 Petitions for Immigrant Workers will be subject to this same premium fee as well. USCIS’s premium processing service is optional, and therefore this new fee is only incurred if premium processing is specifically requested. 

The entirety of the fee changes in USCIS’s final rule are extensive, and therefore not every adjustment can be specifically mentioned in this writing. Several of these fee adjustments are significant, resulting in increased costs to both employers and employees. For this reason, please contact the Miller Canfield immigration team if you wish to discuss these changes and their potential impact in advance of the April 1, 2024, effective date. This information is based on the facts and guidance available at the time of publication and may change.

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