Dear campus colleagues,
This is an update to the email that we sent to you earlier this month. USCIS has announced that the premium processing fee will be increasing to $2,500 starting on Monday, October 19, 2020, please see their email below. If you plan on filing with Premium Processing, please prepare a check with the new fee. If you have already sent us the previous fee, we will reach out to you individually. We apologize for the short notice, our office only recently became aware of this update.
Please contact us if you have questions,
From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Friday, October 16, 2020 1:51 PM To: Subject: USCIS Announces Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today
announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on Oct. 1. The Act includes the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act, which requires USCIS to establish and collect additional premium processing fees, and to use those additional funds for expanded purposes.
The USCIS premium processing service allows petitioners to pay an additional filing fee to expedite the adjudication of certain forms, generally within 15 days. Pub. L. No. 116-159 increases the fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, from $1,440 to $2,500, for all filings except those from petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status. The premium processing fee for petitioners filing Form I-129 requesting H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status is increasing from $1,440 to $1,500.
Any Form I-907 postmarked on or after Oct. 19 must include the new fee amount. If USCIS receives a Form I-907 postmarked on or after Oct. 19 with the incorrect filing fee, we will reject the Form I-907 and return the filing fee. For filings sent by commercial courier (such as UPS, FedEx and DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt.
Pub. L. No. 116-159 also gives USCIS the ability to expand premium processing to additional forms and benefit requests, but USCIS is not yet taking that action. Any expansion of premium processing to other forms will be implemented as provided in the legislation.
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Public Engagement Division
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services