Premium Processing (PP) Service provides faster processing for certain immigration employment-based petitions and applications. The USCIS guarantees 15 calendar day processing to those petitioners or applicants who choose to use this service or USCIS will refund the premium processing service fee. Even if the fee is refunded, the relating case will continue to receive expedited processing.
The 15 calendar day period begins when Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, is received by USCIS accompanied by a filing fee of $1225. USCIS will issue and serve the petitioner or applicant with one of the following: an approval notice, a denial notice, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation within the 15 calendar day period. If the petition or application requires the submission of additional evidence or a response to a notice of intent to deny, a new 15 calendar day period will begin upon receipt by USCIS of a complete response to the request for evidence or the notice of intent to deny.
Premium Processing applies to various nonimmigrant petitions like H-1Bs and L-1s, and to certain immigrant petitions like I-140s.
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General Information – Premium Processing
- How Do I Use the Premium Processing Service? (USCIS)
- USCIS Resumes PP for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions (7-13-2015)
- Resumption of PP for R-1 Religious Workers (USCIS) – (7-21-09)
- PP of I-140s – What It Means to You (6-23-09)
- PP Service Expanded for Certain Form I-140 Petitions (2-24-09)
- Fact Sheet: USCIS Offers PP Service for Certain Form I-140 Petitions Starting June 16, 2008
- USCIS to Offer PP for Certain Form I-140 Petitions (6-16-08)
- News Release: USCIS to Expand PP Service to Include EB-1 Petitions (11-08-06)
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening an 8 attorney firm specializing in immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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