NIW premium processing 2017-09-25T10:53:52+00:00

As of March 23, 2014, there is NO NIW premium processing.  This is good news for those of you who are looking to save some money as the filing fee to apply for premium processing is currently $1,225,00.

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What is premium processing?

Premium Processing is a  USCIS service that allows expedited review of an employment-based application. USCIS guarantees that the documents will be reviewed within 15 calendar days or USCIS will refund the service fee.  If the fee is refunded, the  case will continue to receive expedited processing.

How is the time calculated?

The 15 calendar day clock starts when USCIS receives the Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing. USCIS will issue an approval notice, a denial notice, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation within the 15 calendar day period.  If USCIS requires the submission of additional evidence or a response to a notice of intent to deny, a new 15 calendar day period starts when USCIS receives a complete response to the request for evidence or notice of intent to deny.

What forms are eligible for premium processing?

Treaty Trader

E-1

June 1, 2001

Treaty Investor

E-2

June 1, 2001

Alien in Specialty Occupation

H-1B3

July 30, 2001

Temporary Worker performing nonagricultural services

H-2B4

June 1, 2001

Resumed May 1, 2013

Trainee or Special Education Exchange Visitor

H-3

June 1, 2001

Intracompany Transferee, Executive or Manager Capacity

L-1A

June 1, 2001

Intracompany Transferee, Specialized Knowledge Professional

L-1B

June 1, 2001

A petitioner meeting certain requirements which seeks continuous approval of itself and some or all of its parents, branches, subsidiaries, and affiliates

LZ

(Blanket L-1)

June 1, 2001

Alien of extraordinary ability or achievements in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics

O-1

June 1, 2001

Alien providing essential support services for a principal O-1 alien

O-2

June 1, 2001

Internationally recognized athlete or member of an internationally recognized entertainment group

P-1

June 1, 2001

Essential Support Alien, highly skilled, who performs support services essential to the successful performance of the principal P-1 alien

P-1S

June 1, 2001

Artist or Entertainer under a Reciprocal Exchange Program

P-2

June 1, 2001

Essential Support Alien, highly skilled, who performs support services essential to the successful performance of the principal P-2 alien

P-2S

June 1, 2001

Artist or Entertainer in a Culturally Unique Program

P-3

June 1, 2001

Essential Support Alien, highly skilled, who performs support services essential to the successful performance of the principal P-3 alien

P-3S

June 1, 2001

International cultural exchange alien

Q-1

June 1, 2001

Alien in a Religious occupation

R-1

July 30, 2001 and reinstated July 20, 20095

NAFTA professional, Canada

TN-1

July 30, 2001

NAFTA professional, Mexico

TN-2

July 30, 2001

Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Aliens of extraordinary ability

EB-1

November 13, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 20093

Outstanding professors and researchers

EB-1

September 25, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 20093

Multinational executives and managers

EB-1

Not Yet Available

Members of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability not seeking a National Interest Waiver

EB-2

September 25, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 20093

Members of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a National Interest Waiver

EB-2

Not Yet Available

Skilled workers4

EB-3

August 28, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 20093

Professionals4

EB-3

August 28, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 20093

Workers other than skilled workers and professionals

EB-3

September 25, 2006 and reinstated June 29, 20093

As you have already learned, there is no NIW premium processing.

USCIS Links:

http://www.uscis.gov/forms/how-do-i-use-premium-processing-service

http://www.uscis.gov/i-907