USCIS FEES TO INCREASE IN APRIL 2024

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced significant fee increases for immigration applications, effective April 1, 2024. This major fee revision, the first since 2016, aims to address the financial challenges faced by the agency. All applications submitted after this date will incur new, higher fees, impacting many, especially those filing for family-based immigration.

Key Fee Changes
βœ…Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative): Price jumps 26% to $675 for paper submissions and $625 online.
βœ…Form I-129F (Petition for Alien FiancΓ©(e)): Increases 26% to $675.
βœ…Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status): Rises 18% to $1,440, with associated employment authorization and advance parole applications introducing new fees of $650 and $630, respectively.

Strategies to Avoid Higher FeesΒ 
Submit your complete application before April 1, 2024, to dodge these increases. Ensuring your application is accurate and complete is critical to avoid any processing delays or rejections. Need assistance? We’re here to ensure your submission is on time and error-free.

Why the Increase?
USCIS operates on a fee-funded basis, unique among federal agencies. The agency has been under financial strain with operational costs rising and a significant drop in application rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fee increase is a crucial step in maintaining its services and addressing application backlogs.

Act Now
With these changes on the horizon, swiftly submitting immigration applications can save you from paying more. For guidance and support, contact us to navigate the application process smoothly.



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