USCIS Confirms Major Fee Update: Implications for Immigration Applicants in 2024

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed a significant overhaul of its fee structure, marking the first major adjustment since 2016. This move is driven by the agency’s need to address operational and financial challenges. The revised fee schedule is set to take effect on April 1, 2024, making it essential for prospective applicants to be aware of these changes and plan accordingly.

One of the most impacted sectors is family-based immigration applications, which will see substantial increases in fees. It is crucial for individuals considering such applications to submit their paperwork before the April 1 deadline to avoid the higher costs associated with the new fee structure. Timely and accurate submissions are paramount, especially as the deadline approaches, to prevent delays or potential rejections.

USCIS operates on a unique funding model among federal agencies—it relies primarily on application fees rather than tax revenue or congressional appropriations. This fee-funded model is designed to make the agency self-sustaining. Periodic adjustments to these fees are vital for USCIS to meet its operational costs effectively.

Since 2016, the existing fee structure has proven insufficient to cover the agency’s operational expenses. The challenges were further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a significant reduction in immigration applications. With fewer applications, USCIS experienced a decline in revenue, creating additional financial strain. Simultaneously, the agency has been grappling with a growing backlog of applications, adding pressure to its ability to provide efficient customer service.

In light of these challenges, USCIS has deemed a fee adjustment necessary to ensure the agency’s continued functioning and to address the backlog effectively. As the implementation date for the new fee structure approaches, individuals and families intending to submit immigration applications, particularly in the family-based category, are advised to act promptly to benefit from the current, lower fees. This proactive approach will help mitigate the financial impact of the impending fee increases and streamline the application process during a period of anticipated changes within the USCIS fee landscape.


USCIS Form Current Fee New Fee Percent Change
H-1B and H-1B1 Classifications $460 $780 70%
H-1B and H-1B1 Classifications
(Small Employers and Nonprofits)
$460 $460 0%
L Classification $460 $1,385 201%
L Classification
(Small Employers and Nonprofits)
$460 $695 51%
O Classification $460 $1,055 129%
O Classification
(Small Employers and Nonprofits)
$460 $530 15%
E-1, E-2, E-3, TN, H-3, P, Q, R Classifications $460 $1,015 121%
E-1, E-2, E-3, TN, H-3, P, Q, R Classifications
(Small Employers and Nonprofits)
$460 $510 11%
Dependent Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status – Online I-539 $370 $420 14%
Dependent Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status – Paper I-539 $370 $470 27%
Immigrant Visa Petition $700 $715 2%
Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status** $1,140 $1,440 26%
Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (applicants under 14 applying concurrently with parent) $750 $950 27%
Application for Employment Authorization –
Online I-765
$410 $470*** 15%
Application for Employment Authorization –
Paper I-765
$410 $520*** 27%
Form I-131, Application for Travel Document $575 $630 10%
Biometrics Fee is now included in base fee for all cases except TPS and EOIR applicants subject to a reduced biometrics fee of $30 $85 N/A**** 0%
Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor $3,675 $11,160 204%
Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor $3,675 $11,160 204%
Standard Asylum Program Fee
(applicable to I-129 and I-140 petitions)
N/A $600 N/A
Asylum Program Fee – Small Employers with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees N/A $300 N/A
Asylum Program Fee – Nonprofits N/A $0 N/A
Form N-400, Application for Naturalization – Online $640 $710 11%
Form N-400, Application for Naturalization – Paper $640 $760 19%

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