Immigration

USCIS Issues Final Rule to Adjust Immigration and Naturalization Fees

Published On
February 9, 2024
Read Time
3 Minutes
Author
OnBlick Inc

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a significant development – the finalization of a rule adjusting immigration and naturalization fees. This marks the first update since 2016, aiming to enhance the agency's operational capabilities and expedite application processing.
This blog discusses the key aspects of this crucial rule.

Key Changes in the Final Rule

Key Updates

Important Fee Adjustments

  1. Form I-129
    USCIS will now impose different filing fees for various classifications using Form I-129, such as H-1B, L-1, TN, and E-3.
    For example, the filing fee for an H-1B petition will increase by 70%, reaching $780 from $460, while the L-1 petition filing fee will rise by 201%, reaching $1,385 from $460.
    Exemptions and reduced fees may apply to small employers and nonprofit organizations, creating a nuanced fee structure based on petitioner size and nature.
    These increases are separate from the new Asylum Program Fee.
  2. Form I-140
    USCIS will impose a nominal 2% increase from $700 to $715 for I-140 petitions.
    This increase does not include the new Asylum Program Fee.
  3. Form N-400
    The fee for Form N-400, the application for naturalization, will see adjustments:
    Online filing increases by 11% to $710 from $640.
    Paper filing increases by 19% to $760 from $640.

New Process and Fees for Adjustment of Status Applications

Note: For a detailed list of revised forms and new fees, visit the USCIS Frequently Asked Questions page

Premium Processing Timeline Change
USCIS is extending the premium processing adjudication period from 15 calendar days to 15 business days, impacting planning for immigration filings.
New fees for premium processing requests will take effect on February 26, 2024.

Limitations on Fee Increases
The final rule sets a cap on fee increases for individual filers, ensuring that the new fees do not exceed a 26% increase, equivalent to the Consumer Price Index rise since 2016.

Implementation Details
The new fees will become effective on April 1, 2024. USCIS will observe a grace period until June 3, 2024, during which both previous and new editions of certain forms will be accepted with the correct fee.

Future Improvements
While the increased revenues will aid USCIS in addressing backlog growth and improving customer experience, it is emphasized that congressional funding remains crucial for managing the rising caseloads effectively.

Conclusion

As USCIS takes this significant step to adjust fees, stakeholders are encouraged to stay informed about the upcoming changes. The finalized rule reflects a balanced approach to financial sustainability and continued commitment to providing efficient immigration services. USCIS envisages that the new fees will contribute to a more robust and responsive immigration system, benefiting applicants and the agency alike.
OnBlick will continue to monitor any further developments. If you require assistance with your H-1B case management, contact our specialists here.

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