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2024 US Visa Fee Increases: Impact and Analysis

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By Sanwar Ali:

Sanwar Ali is the founder of and a pioneer in legal services automation, specializing in AI-enhanced immigration solutions.


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented sweeping changes to its fee schedule, which took effect on April 1st, 2024. These changes significantly increase the cost of many key visa categories. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the updated fee structure and its potential consequences for businesses, investors, families, and individuals seeking to work, reside, or invest in the United States.

Fee Changes Overview

The following table provides a detailed comparison of the old and new fees for key visa categories for applications made from within the US:

Visa CategoryOld FeeNew FeeIncreaseNotes
H-1B$460$78070%Disproportionate impact on tech industry
L-1$460$1,385 ($695)*201%Hinders multinational company operations
E1 and E2 visa (Treaty Trader/Investor)$460$1,015 ($510)*Up to 121%Significant burden for larger businesses
O (Extraordinary Ability)$460$1,055 ($530)*Up to 130%Deters potential talent in arts and sciences
TN (NAFTA Professional)$460$1,015121%Affects professionals from Canada and Mexico
H-3 (Trainee/Special Education)$460$1,015121%For trainees or special education exchange visitors
P (Athletes, Artists, Entertainers)$460$1,015121%For internationally recognized athletes, artists, and entertainers
Q (Cultural Exchange)$460$1,015121%For participants in international cultural exchange programs
R (Religious Workers)$460$1,015121%For religious workers coming to the US to work in a religious capacity
EB-5 Investor Green Card$3,675$11,160203%Massive disincentive to investment
I-130 (Family-Based Green Card)$535$675 (paper), $625 (online)Up to 26%Hinders family reunification
I-485 (Adjustment of Status Green Card)$1,225$1,44018% 

*Discounted rates for small employers and non-profits.

Rationale Behind the Increases

USCIS says the fee increases are to recover operational costs more fully, including personnel, customer service, officer training, and asylum and refugee support. While the final rule by USCIS suggests that fee adjustments should not exceed the rate of inflation since December 2016, which is approximately 26%, some visa categories have experienced increases that surpass this benchmark.

Public Response and Implications

The public has voiced strong concerns over the increased costs, particularly for the EB-5 visa. Over 5,400 unique comments were received in response to the proposed rule. There are fears the increased fees will act as a deterrent for applicants, potentially harming the US economy's ability to attract global talent and investment.

  • Economic Competitiveness: The substantial increases for H-1B and L-1 visas could make it less attractive for US businesses to employ highly skilled workers or facilitate intracompany transfers. Competitor nations may benefit, drawing talent away from the US.
  • Investment Deterrent: The massive increase in EB-5 fees could severely discourage potential investors considering the US as a destination, potentially impacting economic growth.
  • Family Reunification Hardship: The increase in family-based visa fees creates a financial hurdle for those seeking to bring loved ones to the US, potentially prolonging separation periods and causing emotional strain.


The 2024 USCIS fee schedule changes represent a substantial shift in the cost of US visa applications. While the fee increases are intended to support USCIS operations and expedite processing, they have raised concerns about affordability and accessibility. helps with US Work Visa: L1, H1B, E2, and O1 Visas

There are various types of US visas that individuals can apply for, depending on their circumstances. Some of the most common employment-based visas include:

  • L1 visa: This visa is for intracompany transferees who work in managerial or executive positions or have specialized knowledge.


  • H1B visa: This visa is for specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields.

  • E2 visa: This visa is for investors who have made a significant investment in a US business and, management or essential skills employees.  Only certain nationalities can apply.

  • O1 visa: This visa is for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics. is a specialist visa services firm with over thirty years of experience dealing with visa applications. For more information and advice, please contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at sends e-mail)

Further Information About Sanwar Ali

Sanwar Ali is the founder of He has been at the forefront of integrating AI into legal services, revolutionizing the way immigration processes are handled. His ongoing work on an advanced AI sponsor licence system exemplifies his commitment to leveraging technology to facilitate global mobility. More announcements soon!