The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the premium processing fee for all cases will increase from $1,440 to $2,500, except those from petitioners requesting H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status, which will increase from $1,440 to $1,500 effective October 19, 2020. Any premium processing request that is postmarked on or after October 19, 2020 must include the new fee.
Currently, only non-immigrant petitions filed using Form I-129 and certain I-140 immigrant petitions are eligible for premium processing. USCIS has not yet expanded premium processing for other categories, including EAD applications and national interest waiver immigrant petitions. Therefore, this announcement means that although the premium processing fees are increasing as of October 19, 2020 for cases that are already eligible for premium processing services, no expansion of premium processing to new categories has been implemented yet.
The new law does not apply “premium processing” to EB-5 investors, “special immigrant” petitions (EB-4 including religious workers), adjustment of status to permanent residence for employment-based cases, family sponsorship cases, and naturalization.
All these changes in fees & law will affect foreign workers and individuals. Employers and employees alike are highly advised to seek out advice of an experienced immigration attorney to help with visa processing either “premium processing” or regular processing. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the recent changes with the UCIS, please contact our office by e-mail email@example.com or send us a direct message through social media, or by calling our toll-free number at (866) 201-6355 to schedule a consultation.