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Premium Processing from USCIS - Fact Sheet

Expedited Processing by USCIS Available for Certain Work-Based Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has an option to process certain work-based petitions faster. It is called Premium Processing Service.


So how does premium processing work? For an additional $2,500 fee ($1500 for H-2B and R-1) to USCIS, USCIS promises a response to the case within 15 calendar days of filing (versus several months in many cases). Additionally, if there is a request from USCIS for more information, the request is made and responded to by e-mail or fax, so that process should be much quicker as well.

One has the ability to file a new case with a request for Premium Processing, but one can also submit a request (and the fee) to transfer a case from the regular queue to the Premium Processing queue. If the latter option is chosen, a response is promised within 15 days from the receipt of the transfer request.

Premium Processing is available for petitions in the following nonimmigrant work-based visa categories:

Premium Processing is also now available for I-140 Immigrant Worker Petitions based on a Certified Labor Certification.


The Premium Processing fee must be paid with a separate check or money order; it cannot be combined with the regular petition fee. Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing Service) can be downloaded from the USCIS Downloadable Forms Page

Check out our Premium Processing News Flash page for more of the latest info on the Premium Processing from USCIS.

Do you want to utilize the USCIS Premium Processing Service for H-1B petitions or other work-related petitions? Contact us here at Savitz Law today! We can help you file or upgrade your case.

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