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USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fees: What You Need to Know

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a final rule to adjust the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, due to inflation. Effective February 26, 2024, this adjustment impacts various eligible forms and categories.

The USCIS Stabilization Act initiated the existing premium processing fees, empowering the Department of Homeland Security to adjust these fees biennially. Following three years of unchanged fees, the DHS is revising the premium processing fees to reflect inflation rates from June 2021 to June 2023, based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.

This adjustment affects specific premium processing fees, elevating them from $1,500 to $1,685, $1,750 to $1,965, and $2,500 to $2,805. The generated revenue will be utilized to enhance USCIS services, improve adjudication processes, address processing backlogs, and fund naturalization and adjudication services.

If USCIS receives Form I-907 postmarked on or after February 26, 2024, with an incorrect filing fee, it will be rejected, and the fee will be returned. Additionally, for filings by commercial courier, the postmark date refers to the date on the courier receipt.

The fee adjustments apply to various forms, including Form I-129 for Nonimmigrant Workers, Form I-140 for Alien Workers, Form I-539 for Nonimmigrant Status Extensions/Changes, and Form I-765 for Employment Authorization. Premium processing requests are only accepted for eligible benefits announced on the USCIS website. For a comprehensive breakdown of adjusted fees, consult the USCIS official website.

The full table of adjusted fees is:

Form
Previous Fee
New Fee
Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
$1,500 (H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status)

$2,500 (All other available Form I-129 classifications (E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, LZ, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1, TN-1, and TN-2))

$1,685 (H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status)

$2,805 (All other available Form I-129 classifications (E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, LZ, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1, TN-1, and TN-2))

Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
$2,500 (Employment-based (EB) classifications E11, E12, E21 (non-NIW), E31, E32, EW3, E13 and E21 (NIW))
$2,805 (Employment-based (EB) classifications E11, E12, E21 (non-NIW), E31, E32, EW3, E13 and E21 (NIW))
Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
$1,750 (Form I-539 classifications F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, J-2, E-1, E-2, E-3, L-2, H-4, O-3, P-4, and R-2)
$1,965 (Form I-539 classifications F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, J-2, E-1, E-2, E-3, L-2, H-4, O-3, P-4, and R-2)
Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
$1,500 (Certain F-1 students with categories C03A, C03B, C03C)
$1,685 (Certain F-1 students with categories C03A, C03B, C03C)

Please be aware that you may only request premium processing for a benefit if USCIS has announced on its website that premium processing is available for that benefit.

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