Premium Processing Update and What It Means for You

Posted by Donald GrossJan 12, 20240 Comments

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has declared on December 27, 2023 an adjustment in the filing fee for Form I-907, also known as the Request for Premium Processing. This modification is in response to the inflation from June 2021 to June 2023.

  • What is Premium Processing? Premium processing is an expedited service offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows applicants to fast-track the adjudication of their applications by paying an additional fee, with the commitment of receiving a decision within 15 calendar days for most cases, 30 calendar days for Form I-765 for F-1 students and 45 calendar days for Form I-140 E13 multinational executive and manager and Form I-140 E21 national interest waiver classifications.
  • Fee Changes: Effective February 26, 2024, USCIS will increase certain premium processing fees.

Form I-129 (Petition for a NonImmigrant Worker):
Previous Fee: $1,500 (H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status)
New Fee: $1,685
Previous Fee: $2,500 (E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, LZ, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1, TN-1, and TN-2)
New Fee: $2,805

Form I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker):
Previous Fee: $2,500
New Fee: $2,805

Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status):
Previous Fee: $1,750
New Fee: $1,965

Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization ONLY for Certain F-1 Students with categories C03A, C03B, C03C):
Previous Fee: $1,500
New Fee: $1,685

  • Key Details: If you send Form I-907 after February 26, 2024, with the incorrect fee amount, USCIS won't accept it; for courier services like UPS, DHL or FedEx, the postmark date is the one on the courier receipt.

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