USCIS Issues Final Rule to Adjust Certain Fees

US Immigration and Citizenship

On January 31, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization fees for the first time since 2016.

The final rule is the result of a comprehensive fee review, as required by law, and follows the January 2023 publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking. The review concluded that the current fee schedule falls far short in recovering the full cost of agency operations, including the necessary expansion of humanitarian programs, federally mandated pay raises, additional staffing requirements, and other essential investments.

With the new revenues the rule will generate, USCIS strives to improve customer experience and stem backlog growth. Although the fee increases announced today will allow USCIS to better offset overall costs, congressional funding continues to be necessary to sustainably and fully address the increased volume of caseloads associated with recent border crossers, including by hiring additional USCIS personnel to help right-size a system that was not built to manage the numbers of cases USCIS receives.

The new fees under the final rule will go into effect on April 1, 2024.