Updated on 31.01.2024

Increased fees for Premium Processing Service

As part of modernisation measures, the USCIS has announced a fee increase for the Premium Processing Service, the express application process. Find out everything about the process and the new costs.
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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented many optimisation measures in recent months in order to speed up the internal processes for processing applications.

After a large number of the planned measures have already been implemented in recent years, the fees for applicants who opt for an accelerated application process are now increasing again in this context.

Restructuring at USCIS

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for processing certain work permit procedures, such as L or H-1B petitions and applications for extension or change of status. Due to the frequently criticised long processing times, outdated application processes and a pandemic-related shortage of resources, the USCIS had announced comprehensive / extensive modernisation measures.

The Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilisation Act, which was launched in 2020, has made internal processes more efficient in recent years: from individual processes to expanded payment options and the expansion of online application procedures. On the one hand, the technologies used have been improved and, on the other, capacities have been increased through new staff. This has reduced existing backlogs and shortened processing times for the benefit of applicants. As part of this legislation, the Premium Processing Service was expanded to include further application procedures, but also increased for the last time.

Increase in premium processing fees from February 2024

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now announced a new inflation-related increase in the Premium Processing Fee (Form I-907) at the end of 2023.

The USCIS Stabilisation Act established the current fees for processing expedited applications and gave the Department of Homeland Security the authority to adjust the premium processing fee every two years if necessary. After these fees remained unchanged for the three years following passage of the Act, DHS is increasing the application processing fee by 12% to compensate for inflation.

Further, only certain application processes can be expedited by filing Form I-907 and paying the Premium Processing Fee. The USCIS then undertakes to decide on the application within a specified period (provided there are no queries). This Premium Processing processing time varies depending on the application process and is either 15, 30 or 45 calendar days.
An expansion of the Premium Processing Service to other application processes should be completed by 2026.

The following fees will apply from February 26, 2024:


Old fee

New fee

Form I-129

Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker



(H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status)



all other available categories of the I-129 form
(E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H-3, L, LZ, O, P, Q, TN)

Form I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker



Employment-based (EB)
Categories E11, E12, E21 (non-NIW), E31, E32, EW3, E13 and E21 (NIW)

Form I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status



Form I-539
Classifications F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, J-2)

Form I-765

Application EAD



Certain OPT or STEM OPT F-1 students in categories C03A, C03B, C03C


Shouldthe USCIS received a Form I-907 with the incorrect application fee filed on or after February 26, 2024. whatthe application is not accepted.
With Applicationssent by courier service (e.g. UPS, FedEx and DHL), the date of the postmark on the courier receipt shall apply.

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Updated on 31.01.2024