U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a final rule adjusting certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016. This update aims to enable USCIS to better cover its operational costs and enhance the processing of new applications.
The published final rule is an outcome of a comprehensive fee review mandated by law, following the notice of proposed rulemaking in January 2023.
The final rule brings about several changes, including:
The new fees will go into effect on April 1, 2024. A complete list of the new fees can be found in the final rule published in the Federal Register. Some notable fee increases include the following:
Additionally, USCIS will accept prior editions of most forms during a grace period from April 1, 2024 through June 3, 2024. The following forms contain no grace period, however, and will become effective April 1, 2024:
USCIS will rely on the postmark date of a filing to determine the correct form version and fees. However, for regulatory or statutory filing deadlines, the agency will consider the receipt date.