USCIS Premium Fast Processing News Flash

USCIS Premium Processing (Faster for a Fee)

There is a major change to USCIS Premium Processing! The new USCIS Fee Rule that goes into effect on October 2, 2020 not only significantly changes the filing fees and immigration forms, but also changes the Premium Processing adjudication timeframe from 15 calendar days to 15 business days.


USCIS created Premium Processing as an option to expedite processing for certain petitions. By paying the additional $1,440 Premium Processing fee to USCIS, you are guaranteed a response to your case within 15 days of filing, or USCIS will refund the Premium Processing fee and will continue processing your case in the regular processing queue. Additionally, in the event of a Request for Evidence (RFE) from USCIS, the request can be made and responded to by mail and/or fax, and the 15-day adjudication window still applies, which significantly shortens the overall processing time of an eligible petition.


You can file a new case with a request (and the fee) for Premium Processing, or you can submit a request (and the fee) to convert or “upgrade” a case for which you have received a receipt notice from the regular processing queue to the Premium Processing queue. If you upgrade an existing case to Premium Processing, you can expect to receive a response within 15 days of USCIS receiving the upgrade request.


Premium Processing is available in the following nonimmigrant categories:


  • E-1 Treaty Trader

  • E-2 Treaty Investor

  • H-1B Temporary Workers in Specialty Occupations

  • H-2A Agricultural Worker

  • H-3 Trainee

  • L-1 Intra-company Transferees

  • O-1 and O-2 Aliens of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement

  • P-1, P-2 and P-3 Athletes and Entertainers

  • Q-1 International Cultural Exchange Aliens

  • R-1 Temporary Workers in Religious Occupations

  • TN NAFTA Professionals


Starting on June 29, 2009, USCIS also began accepting Premium Processing requests for most Immigrant Petition (I-140) categories:


  • First employment-based preference category (EB-1): I-140 Petitions are eligible for Premium Processing except Multinational Managers and Executives.

  • Second employment-based preference category (EB-2): I-140 Petitions are eligible for Premium Processing except National Interest Waivers.

  • Third employment-based preference category (EB-3): All I-140 Petitions are eligible for Premium Processing.

Interested in utilizing the USCIS Premium Processing? Contact us here at Savitz Law today, we can help you file or upgrade your case.

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