The fee to renew work permits is increasing on April 1, 2024

Last updated on February 13, 2024

On April 1, 2024, USCIS will increase the fee for some applications, including the fee for asylum seekers to renew their work permits. You can submit your work permit renewal application before April 1, 2024 to pay the lower fee of $410.

Starting on April 1, 2024, the increased amount will depend on whether you submit your renewal work permit application online or by mail.

  • If you submit your work permit renewal application online, the fee will increase from $410 to $470.
  • If you submit your work permit renewal application by mail, the fee will increase from $410 to $520.

There is still no fee for the asylum application (Form I-589) or for your first work permit as an asylum seeker. This has not changed.

How do I renew my work permit as an asylum seeker?

You can find instructions for completing a renewal work permit application here. You can also read this guide about the online work permit application.

When should I renew my work permit as an asylum seeker?

In general, ASAP recommends submitting a renewal work permit application at least 6 months before the expiration date. Because of the fee increase, ASAP recommends submitting a renewal work permit application before April 1, 2024 if your work permit will expire anytime in 2024.

What other applications will become more expensive on April 1, 2024?

You can find a list of the fee changes on this USCIS website. Click the tab that says “New Fee Schedule Table” and look at the column “Final Fees” to find the new fees after April 1, 2024. For example, USCIS will increase the fee for Form I-485 (the application for permanent residence, also known as a green card) to $1,440 on April 1, 2024.

What can I do if I cannot pay the fee for my renewal work permit application?

If you cannot pay the fee for your renewal work permit application, you can include a request for a fee waiver (Form I-912) in your renewal work permit application package and submit it to USCIS by mail. Unfortunately, you cannot submit a fee waiver request online at this time.

ASAP members have told USCIS that this is a problem and that USCIS should make the fee waiver request available online. Read more about ASAP’s fee waiver advocacy here.

Note: This information is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.

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