USCIS Increasing Premium Processing Fee

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By Angelita Chavez-Halaka and Armando Escobedo

USCIS has announced an increase to the premium processing fee. Beginning October 1, 2018, USCIS will increase the premium processing fee to the amount of $1,410.00.

What cases are impacted?

Increase Fee applies to:

  • I-129 H-1B Petitions for a Nonimmigrant Worker
    • Petitions exclusively filed at the California Service Center (CSC) because the beneficiary will be employed by a Cap-Exempt qualifying institution, entity, or organization; OR
    • Petitions exclusively filed with the Nebraska Service Center requesting a “Continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer” with a concurrent request to:
      • Notify the consular office so that the foreign national can be granted a visa or be admitted to the US; or
      • Extend the stay of the foreign national because they currently hold H-1B status
    • I-140 Immigration Petitions for Alien Workers
    • Any other nonimmigrant classification filed using Form I-129

USCIS fees are subject to change in accordance with Immigration and Nationality Act.

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