In the intricate world of immigration filings, premium processing stands out as a crucial tool for expediting case adjudication. This swift option not only ensures timely resolution but also provides our clients with invaluable peace of mind.

Money becomes the voice that speaks for our clients, fostering a sense of assurance that is, indeed, priceless. Premium processing opens up channels for direct communication with the USCIS premium processing unit, allowing us to efficiently address and resolve issues through email or phone.

However, this expedited service comes at a cost, and it’s a hefty one. Without premium processing, cases can languish for months or even longer, causing considerable delays in the immigration process. Now, with the impending increase in premium processing fees, the stakes are higher.

Effective February 26, 2024, these fee adjustments are set to impact various immigration forms. It’s time to take action and file your petitions promptly to mitigate the impact of these changes.

Here’s a breakdown of the upcoming fee increases:

  • Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status): $1500 to $1685.
  • All other available Form I-129 classifications: $2500 to $2805.
  • Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (EB classifications): $2500 to $2805.
  • Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status: $1750 to $1965.
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (Certain F-1 students): $1500 to $1685.

It’s crucial to note that any incorrect fee submissions on or after February 26, 2024, will lead to the USCIS rejecting your Form I-907 and returning the fee. In such cases, the USCIS will likely receipt the case with standard processing, allowing you to convert to premium processing at a later date. 

Stay informed and proactive to navigate these changes effectively in your immigration journey.

About the Author

Elizabeth Garvish
Founder at Garvish Immigration Law Group | (800) 951-4980 | | Profile | + posts

Elizabeth L.A. Garvish founded Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC in 2011 after practicing immigration law in small boutique firms, big law and nonprofits. Elizabeth is a frequent speaker and presenter on entrepreneurship and U.S. immigration topics around the world. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on various national committees and is the Past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA. Elizabeth is also a certified member of the EO Global Speakers Academy.