AILA/CSC Liaison Practice Pointer: Premium Processing Refunds

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Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11040473 (posted Apr. 4, 2011)”

Under 8 CFR §103.2(f), USCIS will either adjudicate the petition, issue a request for evidence or notice of intent to deny, or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation within 15 calendar days of filing a request for premium processing. The regulation also provides that USCIS will refund the premium processing fee, but continue to process the case, if it fails to meet this timeline.

The California Service Center (CSC) addressed premium processing refund requests at the October 27, 2010 stakeholders meeting. (AILA Doc. No. 10112462). A premium processing refund request can be made to the CSC via e-mail or fax:


Fax: (949) 389-3460

Refund requests are reviewed by CSC, and require varying amounts of time for issuance based on individual case circumstances. If a security check is involved, the entire case processing must be completed before a refund can be issued.

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