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  • Emily McIntosh

New Change: USCIS Increases H-1B, L-1, and Other Work Visa Premium Processing Fees

Updated: Jan 11

USCIS announced on Dec 27, 2024, that it will increase the Premium Processing fee for certain categories starting Feb 26, 2024, due to inflation adjustment.

Premium Process fee increase - H-1B work visas

What fees are increasing?

USCIS is increasing the Premium Processing fee for all of the following visa categories - 

  • E-1

  • E-2

  • E-3

  • H-1B

  • H-3

  • L-1A

  • L-1B

  • LZ

  • O-1

  • P-1

  • P-1S

  • P-2

  • P-2S

  • P-3

  • P-3S

  • Q-1

  • TN-1

  • TN-2

How much will the new Premium Processing fee be? 

The new Premium Processing fee will be

$2,805 (instead of $2500) 

When is this fee increase going into effect? 

The fee increase goes into effect on Febuary 26, 2024.

All petitions requesting premium processing postmarked on or after February 26, 2024, with the incorrect fee will be rejected. 

Are there any other fee changes? 

Yes. The premium processing fee for F-1 students to get their OPT cards will increase from $1500 to $1,685

Fees by forms and visa categories

Form Type

Visa Type

Old Fee

New Fee

Form I-129 (Work Visa)

H-2B, R-1



Form I-129 (Work Visa)

E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, LZ, O-1, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1, TN-1, TN-2



Form I-765 (F-1 EAD cards)

F-1 OPT students under categories C03A, C03B, C03C



Form I-140 (Application for Green Card)

E11, E12, E21 (non-NIW), E31, E32, EW3, E13 and E21 (NIW)



Form I-539 (Application to change/extend status)

F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, J-2, E-1, E-2, E-3, L-2, H-4, O-3, P-4, and R-2




Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult a WayLit-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.


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