What does premium processing mean for immigrants? In response to complaints by applicants that the USCIS was taking too long to process applications, the agency implemented a program known as premium processing services which allowed for expedited processing for certain petitions and applications associated with employment.

Timeline for Processing

USCIS will process Premium Processing applications within 15 calendar days. If it does not meet this obligation, the agency will refund the service fee associated with the application. As an added assurance, USCIS will continue to provide expedited processing despite refunding the fee. The 15 calendar day period begins upon USCIS receiving the request for premium processing service. Within the 15-day period, USCIS issues various responses to the application depending on the decision. This can include:

  • Denial
  • Approval
  • Notice of intent to deny
  • Request for evidence
  • Investigation for misrepresentation or fraud

If the agency determines that new evidence is necessary, a new period will initiate regarding the agency’s opportunity to respond with one of the above options. Having an Arizona immigration attorney help you with the process. Some of the common mistakes made by individuals in this process can easily be avoided by working with an attorney experienced with immigration law. Hiring a lawyer sooner rather than later can help you get answers to your questions promptly so that you can determine your next steps so that you can make an informed decision about your future.

As a further benefit, USCIS has also established a special phone number and e-mail address available only for the Premium Processing Service. Additionally, USCIS collects the primary phone number, fax number and e-mail address on the Form I-907 so the agency can provide status updates on the receipt of Form I-907 and if the underlying form for which you requested Premium Processing Service is approved.

Under the premium processing program applicants, their attorney or representative must complete and sign Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service. Usually, the Request for Premium Processing Service is filed concurrently with the forms that require expedited processing. An applicant who requests premium processing must pay a $1,225 filing fee in addition to all other filing fees required by the application or petition to be processed.

As you can see from the above-mentioned process, it can be difficult to understand the mechanics of immigration issues. Having an immigration attorney work with you can be helpful.


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