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Premium Processing Fee Hike and Service Expands to Other Visa Categories — Who Could Benefit from the Change?

USCIS’s premium processing fee increase is the result of a stopgap spending measure recently signed into law to address the organization’s budget shortfall. The law will increase USCIS revenue by allowing a hike in premium processing fees and an expansion of the premium processing service to other employment-based petitions and applications.  The fee increase is currently in effect for petitions that are already eligible for premium processing services through the Form I-907, Request for Premium […]

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USCIS Fees Are Increasing By an Average of 20%. Find Out If You Could Be Impacted.

USCIS recently released a Final Rule saying it plans to increase filing fees by an average of 20% in addition to other price hikes and adjustments to processing time limits. What exactly is changing and who is going to be the hardest hit? What is happening to Premium Processing? USCIS has asked for the ability to impose a 10% surcharge on immigration applications and plans to significantly increase filing fees starting October 2, 2020. According […]

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Premium Processing Suspension for I-129 and I-140 Petitions

On March 20, 2020, USCIS temporarily suspended premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to the pandemic. What If USCIS Already Accepted Your Request for Premium Processing?  As of this writing, USCIS plans to continue with premium processing for those petitions that already have an accepted Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service.  What About Other Premium Processing Requests in Progress? For petitions mailed before March 20 that […]

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Premium Processing Suspension for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing service for FY2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions.  Petitioners won’t be able to request premium processing when USCIS begins accepting cap-subject petitions on April 1. Premium processing will resume in a two-phased approach during the FY2021 cap season.  The first phase will include H-1B petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, requesting a change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status. This phase is expected to begin no later than […]

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

On January 28, USCIS resumed premium processing for FY 2019 H-1B cap petitions only! This is because USCIS still has FY 2019 unadjudicated petitions as a result of the ongoing system inefficiencies and unjustified requests for evidence, which are creating huge delays and backlogs in the system. If you have received a request for evidence (RFE) and choose to pay for premium processing, you should include your RFE response with the request for premium processing. […]

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