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Informative Notice: USCIS Increases Filing Fees for Visas As of April 1, 2024

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Informative Notice: As of April 1, 2024, the USCIS Increases Filing Fees for Visas

By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and Pablo G. Velez, Esq. of Velez & Cipriano, PLLC

In light of the announced changes, the USCIS formally increased the filing fees associated with certain U.S. visa applications. In particular, as of February 26, 2024, the fee for premium processing for a visa application increased from $2,500 to $2,805. In many cases, especially time sensitive ones, it is highly advisable to utilize the premium processing option when applying for a talent visa in order to elicit a prompt response from USCIS.

In addition, since many entertainment, athletic, and gaming talent generally apply for either an O-1, P-1A, or P-1B visa to enter the U.S., it is important that these individuals as well as any representatives, management or agents assisting these talents are aware of the increasing prices for each of these visas to best budget and plan for any upcoming needs. Specifically, as of April 1, 2024, the filing fee associated with applying for an O-1 visa will increase from $460 to $530. Similarly, as of April 1, 2024, the filing fee associated applying for a P-1A and P-1B visa will increase from $460 to $510. Bear in mind, these are the increases if the petitioner on these applications is a non-profit or small business (defined as 25 or fewer employees). For sponsoring organizations that have 26 or more employees, the increase for O-1 visas will be $1,055, and $1,015 for the P-1 categories, respectively.

Consequently, in order to proceed with the previous lower filing fees, it is imperative that any O-1 or P-1A visa is filed by an individual promptly and that the application is postmarked no later than March 31, 2024, in order to ensure that the current reduced rates are applicable to an applicant’s visa petition. However, it is always advisable to file as soon as possible in order to avoid any issues.

Finally, it is highly advisable to consult with a competent and experienced attorney to understand the specifics of an individual’s situation.

This article is not intended as legal advice, as an attorney specializing in the field should be consulted.

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