USCIS Increases Filing Fees

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Effective April 1, 2024, government filing fees for many immigration benefits will increase, including significant fee hikes for common employment-based petitions. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the final rule announcing the fee changes on January 31, 2024. 

New Rule Highlights:

  • I-129 base filing fees will vary depending on the visa type, with significant increases for O and L petitions. 
  • New Asylum Program Fee: I-129 and I-140 filings will be required to include a $600 asylum program fee on top of the increased base filing fees. 
  • I-485, application for adjustment of status, filing fee will increase from $1225 to $1440 and will only include the standalone I-485. Separate fees will apply for including the Form I-765, application for employment authorization document ($260) and Form I-131, application for advance parole ($630). The fee for the total bundle will increase to $2330.
  • H-1B cap registration fee will increase from $10 to $215 per registration starting in next year’s lottery. 
  • Premium processing will slow down by changing the adjudication time frame from calendar days to business days. 
  • *Employers with 25 or fewer employees and certain nonprofits will pay discounted filing fees and a reduced Asylum Program Fee of $300. 

Here are some of the key fee increases for business immigration cases: 

Visa Type

Current Fee

New Fee (effective 4/1/2024)*

Percentage Change

I-129, H-1B

$460

$780

70%

I-129, L-1 

$460

$1385

201%

I-129, O-1

$460

$1055

129%

I-129, E, H-3, P, Q, R, TN

$460

$1015

121%

I-140, Immigrant Petition

$700

$715

2%

I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status

$1,225

$1,440

18%

I-485 bundle with I-765, Employment Authorization and I-131, Advance Parole 

$1225

$2330

90%

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