USCIS New Fees and Forms Take Effect April 1st

In early 2024, USCIS changed the filing fees for certain immigration and naturalization forms and also released new versions of several forms. According to USCIS, the new fees will help to cover more of its operating costs and support faster processing of new applications.

These updated fees and forms will become effective on April 1, 2024. USCIS will accept prior editions of most forms during a grace period from April 1, 2024, through June 3, 2024. But, some of the new forms with revised fees will not have a grace period. For a full list of revised forms and fees, visit https://www.uscis.gov/forms/filing-fees/frequently-asked-questions-on-the-uscis-fee-rule.

Key updates:

  • USCIS will only accept applications or petitions with the new filing fees after April 1, 2024.
  • A $50 discount for filing an application online if online filing is available.
  • Separate filing fees for work authorization and travel documents when filed with a green card application.
  • Expansion of a reduced fee for naturalization applications for individuals who can demonstrate their household income is less than or equal to 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

With the new fee rule that goes into effect April 1, 2024, you must use the new 04/01/24 editions of the following forms: • 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-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative; and • Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, and the form’s supplements. Although USCIS usually provides a grace period when publishing new forms, the forms listed above include changes necessary to administer the new fees. Beginning April 1, 2024, applicants and petitioners must submit the 04/01/24 edition of these forms with the appropriate fee listed on the USCIS Fee Schedule G-1055.

Some of the core fees updated are as follows:

USCIS is increasing the H-1B and H-1B1 petition filing fee to $780 from the current amount of $460 for employers with more than 25 full-time employees in an equivalent position in the United States.  The $460 filing fee will remain the same for employers with 25 or less full-time employees in an equivalent position in the United States.

USCIS is increasing the L-1 petition filing fee to $1,385 from the current amount of $460 for employers with more than 25 full-time employees in an equivalent position in the United States.  The filing fee will increase to $695 for employers with 25 or less full-time employees in an equivalent position in the United States.

USCIS is increasing the filing fee for Form I-140 from $700 to $715.

USCIS is increasing the filing fee for Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) for adult applicants from $1,140 to $1,440, an amount that include the biometrics fee that was previously submitted separately.  The fee for Form I-485 for applicants under 14 applying concurrently with their parent will be increased from $750 to $950.

USCIS is increasing the filing fee for Form I-131 (Application for Travel Document) from $575 to $630.  

Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) – USCIS is increasing the filing fee to $420 for applications filed online and to $470 for applications filed in paper, from the current amount of $370.

Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) – USCIS is increasing the filing fee to $470 for applications filed online and to $520 for applications filed in paper, from the current amount of $410.  There is no fee for an Employment Authorization Document for applicants who filed USCIS Form I-485 on or after July 30, 2007, and before April 1, 2024, and paid the Form I-485 fee, while the I-485 remains pending.

Citizenship – USCIS is increasing the filing fee for Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization) from $640 to $710 for applications made online and to $760 for applications made in paper.

Biometrics Fee – The previously separate biometrics fee has now been worked into the form filing fee.

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