The recent USCIS fee rule signifies a significant surge in immigration filing fees. Notably, the fee for H-1B petitions will increase from $460 to $780, and for L-1 petitions, it will go from $460 to $1,385.

Additionally, the H-1B registration fee will increase from $10 to $215, although this adjustment will not be effective for the upcoming H-1B registration period between March 6-22. However, USCIS intends to implement the higher fee for H-1B petitions upon the commencement of cap filing on April 1, 2024. All applications filed on April 1, 2024 or after must include the new fees.

This rule also introduces a $600 Asylum Program Fee which will be added to each Form I-129 and Form I-140 filing in addition to the other filing fees. The asylum fee will be $300 for small employers (with 25 or fewer employees) and exempts nonprofit organizations.

A summary chart of the fee increases is included here.

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Elizabeth Garvish
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Elizabeth L.A. Garvish founded Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC in 2011 after practicing immigration law in small boutique firms, big law and nonprofits. Elizabeth is a frequent speaker and presenter on entrepreneurship and U.S. immigration topics around the world. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on various national committees and is the Past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA. Elizabeth is also a certified member of the EO Global Speakers Academy.