On August 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would be increasing the premium processing filing fee from $1,225 to $1,410, effective October 1, 2018. The Premium processing fee is an optional service available for certain petitioners filing Forms I-129 or I-140. This service enables petitioners a truncated processing time of 15 days. The premium processing fee is paid in addition to the base filing fee (along with any other fees).
USCIS stated that the increase is in line with the Immigration and Nationality Act, and “represents the percentage change in inflation since the fee was last increased in 2010 based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers.” After rounding, the fee is increasing by 14.92 percent.
As the updated fee goes into effect October 1, 2018, all applications postmarked on or after that date must include the new fee. If you are interested in utilizing this service, contact us today to talk about your options.