Effective today, October 1, 2018, USCIS will enforce a fee raise for all premium processing requests of all I-129, Petitions For a Nonimmigrant Worker and I-140, Immigrant Petitions for Alien Workers.
The 15-day premium processing fee will increase to $1,410, a 14.92 percent increase (after rounding) from the current fee of $1,225.
USCIS states the increase, which is done in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, represents the percentage change in inflation since the fee was last increased in 2010 based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers.
The Service states the increase in fees will be used to hire additional staff and make investments in information technology systems with the premium funds that are generated by the fee increase. This will allow the agency, they state, to provide premium processing service with less disruption while improving adjudications and operational processes.
Employer Petitioners subject to the fee raise should note the fee raise in any premium processing fee request as of today October 1st. In addition, it is worthy to note that any Petitions with the wrong fee amount going forward from today will be rejected by the Service.
Update provided by Kaitlyn N. Garcia, Attorney