USCIS to Increase Government Filing Fees

Updated: February 1, 2024

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they will increase the government filing fees of the following government forms and petitions:


Current Fee

New Fee

Effective Date

Form I-129 for H-1B


No change

April 1, 2024

Form I-129 for E-3/TN



Form I-129 for O-1



(Optional) Premium processing for Form I-129 (H-1B/E-3/O-1/TN)



February 26, 2024

Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Online: $370

Paper filing: $370

Online: $420

Paper filing: $470

April 1, 2024

(Optional) Premium Processing for Form I-539



February 26, 2024

Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker



April 1, 2024

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Online: $410

Paper filing: $410

Online: $470

Paper filing: $520

(Optional) Premium processing for Form I-765



February 26, 2024


Current fees vs. New fees

  • Petitions/applications submitted to USCIS by mail that are postmarked before the effective date (shown above) can include the current fee.
  • However, the new fee will be required for petitions/applications postmarked on or after the effective date (shown above).
  • It is not about the mailing date, but the postmarked date of applicable petitions and applications to USCIS.

Government processing time adjustment

  • USCIS will change its premium processing timeframe from calendar days (which include every day of the week) to business days (which only include Monday to Friday, excluding federal holidays).
  • The premium processing timeframe for Form I-129 (H-1B/E-3/TN) will change from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. The premium processing timeframe for Form I-539 and Form I-765 (e.g. for F-1 OPT) will change from 30 calendar days to 30 business days.
  • Please note that premium processing is an optional service to expedite the government processing time. It is not a required fee.

If you have any questions, please contact your ISSS advisor.