Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. When you use Premium Processing Service, the USCIS will issue a decision on your petition or application within 15 calendar days, or your fees are returned. The 15 days begin when the USCIS receives the relevant petition or application along with Request for Premium Processing Form.
You file for premium processing if you are applying for the following visas:
The fee for Premium Processing Service is $1,410 and cannot be waived. You can file your request for Premium Processing Service with your original petition or request it later once you decide to expedite the process.
It should be noted that while a petition is guaranteed to be processed within 15 calendar days, it does not necessarily mean the petition will be approved or denied within 15 days. Rather it means you will receive a response regarding your petition. A response can include approval, denial, a request for evidence, a notice of intent to deny, or notice of an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation. If a request for evidence or a notice of intent to deny is issued, the 15-day clock will begin again once USCIS receives a complete response from the petitioner.
The obvious advantage of Premium Processing Service is that you can significantly reduce the amount of time you have to wait for a response to your petition or application. Some petitions can take several weeks or several months to be processed. Another advantage is that you or your attorney are automatically notified by email once USCIS receives the case and when they issue a decision on the case. There are also special phone numbers and email addresses you can use to contact USCIS about your case.
Applying for a visa can be a complicated process, and you may want an experienced immigration attorney on your side. At Serving Immigrants, Inc., we have the experience and the knowledge to guide you through the application process. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a strategy session.