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Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Immediately From 19th October 2020

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On 16th October 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be going to increase fees for premium processing, from 19th Oct 2020 as needed by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on 1st October 2020.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) premium processing service permits seekers to pay an extra filing fee. To expedite the adjudication of certain forms, typically within 15 days. The Act contained the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act, which requires USCIS to build up and gather extra additional premium processing fees. Also, to utilize those extra funds for expanded purposes.

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 candidates filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status. However, 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.

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Any Form I-907 postmarked on or after 19th October 2020 must have the new fee amount. If any case USCIS gets a Form I-907 postmarked on or after Oct. 19th 2020 with the wrong filing fee, then USCIS 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.

Also, Pub. L. No. 116-159 enables USCIS the ability to expand premium processing to extra forms and benefit requests. However, USCIS is not yet making that move. Any development of premium processing to different forms will be implemented as given in the legislation.

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