USCIS has announced that it will raise the fees for premium processing of US immigration visas. This will be effective from October 19, 2020. This move is as per the requirement of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021. Also, there are Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159involved. This was signed into the law on October 1, 2020.
The USCIS Premium Processing service lets petitioners pay an extra filing fee to make adjudication faster for certain forms. This process is generally done within 15 days. This Act includes the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act. It requires USCIS to impose and collect fees for additional premium processing. The proceeds from the additional funds from the fees will be used for expanded purposes.
The forms for which fees have been raised include:
- Form I-907 – Request for Premium Processing – fee raised from $1,440 to $2,500
- Form I-129 – Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker requesting R-1 or H-2B non-immigrant status – fee raised from $1,440 to $1,500.
The new fee will be included in any Form I-907 postmarked on or after 19th October 2020. If this form is received by USCIS without the correct filing fee, it will be rejected. The filing fee will be returned keeping with the rules of USA immigration.
In case of filings sent by a commercial courier, the postmark date is the date seen on the courier receipt.
The legislation will be used as a guide to bring about the expansion of premium processing to other forms.
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