The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the cost of its Premium Processing service will increase from $1,225 to $1,410 beginning October 1, 2018. Under USCIS’s Premium Processing service, the petitioner pays an additional filing fee, for which USCIS is expected to adjudicate the petition within 15 calendar days. USCIS says the fee increase is necessary to keep up with inflation. The Premium Processing fee has not increased since 2010.
USCIS previously announced that the Premium Processing service would be suspended for all H-1B change of employer petitions, H-1B amendments, and non-cap subject changes of status to H-1B, until February 19, 2019. Premium Processing is still available for extensions of H-1B status with the same employer and without changes in circumstances. Premium Processing is also still available for non H-1B cases that are eligible for Premium Processing, such as L-1s, O-1s, and certain I-140 petitions.
Finnan, Fleischut & Associates will continue to keep our clients advised of important developments in this area. If you have specific questions about how these developments affect a current or possible future situation, please contact us.