USCIS Announces Changes to Immigration and Naturalization Filing Fees

On January 30, 2024, USCIS published a final rule in the Federal Register adjusting certain immigration and naturalization filing fees. The new filing fees will go into effect on April 1, 2024.

The final fee rule includes important updates, including:

  • Expanded Fee Exemptions: Recognizing specific vulnerabilities, the rule expanded exemptions for Special Immigrant Juveniles, victims of trafficking and violence, U.S. military personnel and Afghan allies, and families pursuing international adoption.
  • Discounts and Reductions: Nonprofits, small businesses, and adjustment of status applicants under certain circumstances benefit from fee reductions and discounts.
  • Enhanced Naturalization Affordability: Increased eligibility for a 50% naturalization fee reduction for lower-income applicants.
  • Online Filing Incentive: A consistent $50 discount encourages the use of the online filing system.

Additionally, USCIS is revising some forms which will become available on April 1, 2024. There will be a grace period until June 3, 2024, during which time USCIS will continue to accept the new and previous editions of the forms. However, after June 3, 2024, USCIS will not accept any petitions or applications with the previous editions of the forms. To ensure that you are using the correct edition of the form, please visit the USCIS website. To see the full list of the revised forms, please visit the USCIS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Below is a list of forms that will not be considered for the new edition form grace period because the forms are revised with the new filing fees.

  • 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-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition (and supplement 1, 2 and 3); and
  • Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative.

USCIS will hold a national engagement session for the finale rule on the filing fees on February 22, 2024, at 2 pm Eastern. During the session USCIS will provide a high-level overview of the changes to the filing fees and forms that will go into effect on April 1, 2024. The session will be provided virtually. To attend the session, you will need to register for the event.