Increase in H-1B,1-40 Premium Processing Fee

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced an increase in the fee for premium processing, set to take effect from March 2024. This change affects individuals seeking faster processing of certain visa applications.

Premium processing allows applicants to expedite the adjudication of their immigration applications, typically within 15 calendar days, upon payment of an additional fee. The fee for this service is set to rise from the current rate to a higher amount starting March 2024.

This change impacts various visa categories, including H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, and certain I-140 petitions. Applicants opting for premium processing after the announced date will be required to pay the revised fee to expedite the processing of their applications.

USCIS emphasizes that this increase aims to align the premium processing fee with inflation and the costs associated with processing these applications. It is essential for applicants seeking expedited processing to be aware of this change to make necessary financial arrangements.

Those planning to use premium processing services after March 2024 should factor in the revised fee into their budget to avoid delays or issues with their application processing.

USCIS remains committed to providing efficient and timely immigration services while ensuring transparency in fee structures and processes. Applicants are encouraged to review USCIS guidance and consult legal experts for any clarifications or additional information regarding this fee increase.

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