USCIS to Increase Premium Processing Fee Effective Dec. 2nd

October 30, 2019

On October 30, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an adjustment to the fee to request premium processing for certain employment-based petitions. The new rule will be officially published October 31, 2019 and will take effect on December 2, 2019.

What is the new Fee?

The fee will be increased from the current fee of $1410 to $1440. USCIS announced that they have adjusted the fee for inflation; they last increased the fee in 2018.

What is Premium Processing?

Premium processing is an optional service for certain petitioners filing Forms I-129 or I-140. The premium processing system allows petitioners to request 15-day processing for certain employment-based petitions filed using Forms I-129 and I-140. The premium processing fee is paid in addition to the base filing fee and any other applicable fees, and it cannot be waived. The new rule does not have any impact on which petitions are eligible for premium processing.


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