October 22, 2020

U.S. Premium Processing Fee Increase Now in Effect

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the premium processing fee increase originally signed into law on October 1 is effective as of October 19, 2020.

The USCIS premium processing service allows applicants to expedite the processing of their petition for a supplementary fee. Per the Public Law 116-159, H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, and other non-immigrant petitions filed with a form I-907 will see the premium processing fees increase from $1,440 to $2,500 with the exception of those requesting H-2B or R-1 non-immigrant status, which will increase to $1,500. The adjudication period under premium processing will remain at 15 calendar days.

Any petition including premium processing postmarked on or after October 19, 2020 must include the new fees. Failure to include the correct fees will result in a rejection of the Form I-907 and return of the fees.

An increase in the premium processing fees is aimed at supporting a shortfall in U.S. government funding, and the stopgap spending measure also gives USCIS the permission to further expand the premium processing option to other petition types. No further action to expand the service has been taken to date.

For further information on the increase in fees for premium processing in the U.S., please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team. 

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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