USCIS Proposes Increases in Business Immigration Fees

On January 4, 2023, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a rule increasing fees for employers who petition for workers and sponsor them for permanent residence. USCIS also proposes a new program fee of $600 per visa to be paid by businesses for both temporary and permanent visa categories to fund the U.S. asylum program. Advocacy is seeking feedback on the small businesses affected, compliance costs from this rule, and regulatory alternatives that would minimize the impact of this rule for small entities.

Proposed Fee Increases Include:

  • H-1B Visas (Skilled/Specialty Occupation Workers)- Fee Increases of $920 -$1,135 per visa (200-247 percent). This includes a $215 H-1B registration fee, up from the original $10 fee.
  • H-2A Visas (Agricultural Guest Workers) and H-2B Visas (Non-Agricultural Guest Workers)- Fee Increases of $670-$1230 per visa (146-267 percent).
  • L-1 visas (Temporary intracompany transferees)- Fee increase of $1,525 (332 percent).
  • Immigrant Petitions-Fee Increase of $615 (88 percent).

Written comments are due by March 6, 2023.

Read and submit comments on the proposed rule.

Advocacy contact: Send an email to Janis Reyes at janis.reyes@sba.gov or call at (202) 798-5798.

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