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We’re reaching out to remind you of the recent updates to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fee Schedule and the changes to certain immigration benefit requests. It is important to note that this represents the first fee increase at USCIS since 2016.

Effective April 1, 2024, USCIS will implement adjustments to the fees for immigration and naturalization benefit requests. These adjustments included fee exemptions for specific humanitarian categories. The agency states that these changes are essential to ensure that USCIS can cover the full cost of adjudication and naturalization services while maintaining service standards.

Key highlights of the adjustments include :

  • A significant increase of over 200% in fees for employment-based immigrant visa petitions, with a notable focus on EB-5 related petitions;
  • A substantial rise in H-1B registration fees;
  • Discounts for submissions filed online;
  • Adjustments for inflation.

Additionally, the final adjustment mentioned above extends fee exemptions for humanitarian filings and introduces procedural changes to more effectively manage these exemptions and discounts.

In light of these changes, we want to specifically outline the changes related to the I-526E and I-829 petitions for the EB-5 program. This additional observation is provided to ensure that both current and prospective clients are fully aware of the fee increases associated with the EB-5 process.

 

EB-5 Filing Fees
Type of FilingCurrent Fee(s)NPRM Fee(s)Final Fee(s)Current vs. Final Fees
I-526/526E Immigrant Petition by Standalone/Regional Center$3,675$11,160$11,160$7,485204%
I-829 Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions$3,750$9,525$9,525$5,775154%
I-829 Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions (with biometric services)$3,835$9,525$9,525$5,690148%
This table compares the previously enacted fee, the fee from the January 2023 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), and the final rule fee that will take effect on April 1, 2024.

You can refer to the New Fee Schedule Table, which contains the adjustments for each relevant form. 

Visualizing these changes, particularly the substantial differences, becomes crucial for understanding the implications.

For further details on how these changes may affect you or your organization, we encourage you to reach out to our expert legal team specializing in immigration law. They can provide personalized insights and guidance tailored to your specific circumstances.

Should you have any questions or require clarification, we remain at your disposal. Feel free to contact us at reception@exeo.ca.

Sincerely,

EXEO TEAM

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