Inflation-Driven Increase in USCIS Premium Processing Fees Announced for 2024

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing. This change, effective from February 26, 2024, is an inflation adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers from June 2021 to June 2023. The USCIS Stabilization Act, which initially set the current fees, authorizes biennial adjustments by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The fee increases vary by form and category. For instance, the premium processing fee for Form I-129 for certain nonimmigrant worker categories will rise from $1,500 to $1,685 and for other classifications from $2,500 to $2,805. The Form I-140 fee will increase from $2,500 to $2,805, and the Form I-539 fee from $1,750 to $1,965. Similarly, the fee for Form I-765 for certain F-1 students will go up from $1,500 to $1,685.

DHS plans to use the additional revenue from these increased fees to enhance premium processing services, improve adjudication processes, reduce processing backlogs, and fund other USCIS services. It’s important to note that any Form I-907 postmarked on or after February 26, 2024, with the incorrect filing fee will be rejected and returned. The postmark date for commercial courier services will be considered as the date on the courier receipt. The announcement provides a detailed table of the previous and new fees for various forms.

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