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USCIS Fees Increase on April 1, 2024: What You Need to Know

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) operates on a fee-funded model, relying on application fees rather than taxes or funding from congress. The agency’s fee structure has not seen significant revisions since 2016, leading to financial challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and a decline in immigration applications. USCIS aims to use the additional revenue to address application backlogs and improve processing times. The impact will depend on factors such as application volume and staffing levels.

USCIS is set to implement substantial fees increase starting on April 1, 2024. This is the first major USCIS fees increase since 2016 and is intended to address the operational and financial challenges faced by the agency. The impending changes will impact various immigration applications, with notable increases affecting green cards, fiancé visas, and other immigration categories. USCIS will continue to offer fee waivers for specific forms and applicants demonstrating an inability to pay. Check the USCIS website for the latest information on fee waivers.

The USCIS fee increase will affect several key application forms, and among the notable changes are:

Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative)

  • Paper filing: $675 (26% increase)
  • Online filing: $625 (26% increase)

Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e))

  • Fee increase: 26% from $535 to $675

Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status):

  • Standalone application: 18% increase from $1,225 to $1,440
  • Employment Authorization and Advance Parole (formerly free): $650 and $630, respectively

Given the soon to be implemented fee increase, prospective applicants are advised to submit their applications to USCIS before the deadline on April 1, 2024. Timeliness, accuracy, and completeness in application submissions are crucial to avoid delays or rejections.

For assistance in ensuring your application is timely and accurately prepared and submitted, consider contacting Lalama Immigration Law to help with your immigration process.

As the USCIS fees increase looms, applicants are urged to stay informed about the changes, submit their applications promptly, and ensure accuracy to avoid any complications in the immigration process.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angel Lalama

Angel Lalama
Angel Lalama is an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles who established Lalama Immigration Law to serve the immigrant community throughout the United States and abroad with high-quality legal representation with a customer service-focused approach.

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