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Premium Processing Fee to Increase Beginning September 30

The Department of Homeland Security is increasing the Form I-907 premium processing fee from $1,225 to $1,410 beginning September 30, 2018. The final rule is scheduled to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register. Applications postmarked on or after September 30, 2018 must include the new fee.
Premium processing is an optional fee that allows employers to request adjudication of an application within 15 calendar days. Premium processing is currently available for certain employment-based immigration petitions filed with USCIS forms I-129 and I-140. According to DHS, the new fee represents a 14.92% increase, the percentage change in inflation since the fee was last changed from $1,000 to $1,225 in 2010.
This ultimately means that expedited adjudication of an eligible employment-based petition will become more expensive beginning September 30. Employers should take this increase into consideration when budgeting for immigration-related expenses and determining if premium processing is necessary.
If you have questions on premium processing an employment-based application, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with an attorney today!