U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will be raising the premium processing fee paid by employers that are willing to spend extra for 15-day processing of one of the two forms most commonly used to hire non-U.S. workers either on a temporary or permanent basis. The fee is in addition to the regular application fees charged by USCIS and the Department of State for visa and green card processing.
The affected forms include the Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) and Form I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker). The amount required to request faster processing of either of these forms is going from $1,410 to $1,440.
In justifying this change, USCIS points to inflation as per the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers, and notes that it raised the fee last year, as well.
To find out more about whether premium processing could make a difference in your application for a U.S. work visa or green card, see Timeline for Sponsoring an Immigrant Worker for a Green Card and How Long It Takes to Get an H-1B Visa Petition Approved.
To avoid paying the higher fee, make sure USCIS receives your petition before the November 29 effective date.
Effective Date: November 29, 2019