Premium Processing Fact Sheet

USCIS has an option to process certain petitions faster. It is called Premium Processing. How it works is that for an additional $1,225 fee to USCIS, USCIS promises a response to the case within 15 days of filing. 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 in the following 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; and

  • TN NAFTA Professionals.

  • I-140 Immigrant Worker Petitions based on a Certified Labor Certification

    The $1,225 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.