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Premium Processing - Frequently Asked Questions


Does this program have any effect on the USCIS’ previous expedite practices?

Yes, the discretionary expedite requests will no longer be available for those classifications who have been designated as eligible to file for Premium Processing Services except in the case of a petitioner who has been designated as non-profit by the Internal Revenue Service.

Petitioners who have been designated as non-profit may continue to request discretionary expedited service with the Service Centers as the have in the past or they may choose to pay the Premium Processing fee and utilize that service. If the criteria for a discretionary expedite is not met and the Service Center denies such a request the non-profit petitioner still has the option of requesting Premium Processing Service by filing a Form I-907 with fee.


How will the USCIS manage those categories that have an annual limit in relation to the Premium Processing Program?

The USCIS is designating certain nonimmigrant classifications that are subject to annual numerical limitations for Premium Processing Service. The USCIS does not believe that individuals who pay for Premium Processing Service on petitions filed for these classifications will have an unfair access to these limited immigration programs as long as the numerical limitations exceed the demand.

Therefore, the USCIS will process Premium Processing and expedite requests of petitions for these nonimmigrant classifications in the order they are received, as well as chronologically process all other petitions filed for these classifications according to normal procedures.

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Can I contact the USCIS Center if I haven’t filed a request for Premium Processing yet but have questions about the program?

Yes, you may contact the Service Centers using their e-mail address (listed below and on the instructions to the Form I-907) with your questions about the program. Currently the phone lines shown below are dedicated only to customers who have already submitted a request for Premium Processing Service.

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