The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will increase certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees effective April 1, 2024. Petitions related to the H-2B visa program are included among the fee increases.
USCIS said the benefit request fee increases are the first since 2016 and will allow the agency to recover a greater share of its operating costs and support more timely processing of new applications.
Fees related to H-2B I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) include:
Petitions with named beneficiaries increase from $460 to $1,080.
Petitions for small businesses and nonprofits with named beneficiaries increase from $460 to $540.
Petitions with unnamed beneficiaries increase from $460 to $580.
Petitions for small businesses and nonprofits with unnamed beneficiaries remain at $460.
USCIS has established a Frequently Asked Questions page to view a full list of the revised forms that will go into effect on April 1, 2024, along with the new fees. The final rule can be viewed in its entirety here.