USA preparing to increase immigration fees

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has revealed that the review of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Final Fee Rule was completed on the 19th of January 2024. It shows us that USCIS is preparing to make adjustments to its current fee structure. This Final Fee Rule proposes significant increases in immigration fees and is highly expected to be facilitated by the US administration for its finalization.

The Proposed Fee Raises

A draft rule was released on the 4th of January last year calling for increases in application fees with the increments being an average of 40%. Both the American Immigration Council and AILA have expressed doubt, bringing forward the point that this new price structure could result in higher costs for applicants and employers. An example of this is that the combined expenses of a marriage-based Green Card applicant could double to above $3,640 which includes the I-130 petition for the family members.

The previously existing reduction of fees for children has also been removed setting the same application costs for both adults and children. This could mean an immigrant family of 4 could be expected to pay over $10,000 under these new fee changes.

Many other immigration applications are also expected to see price increases in their fees:

  • A 35% increase is speculated for the fiancĂ© visa petition bringing it to $720.
  • A 53% increase in the relative petition brings it up to $820.
  • A 76% increase to the removal of conditions application to $1,195.

These new fees are almost certain to be integrated and are expected to do so by spring 2024.

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