Premium Processing

Premium Processing Timeline Changes from “Calendar Days” to “Business Days”

For an additional fee, petitioners can significantly reduce the time USCIS will take to issue a decision on eligible petitions. An approved premium processing request will guarantee that USCIS will adjudicate the case within certain timeframes, or they will issue a refund. These timelines just got a bit longer as, effective April 1, USCIS has extended the premium processing adjudication period from calendar days to business days.

This means that premium processing timeframes which were previously 15 calendar days, or about 2 weeks, will now be processed in 15 business days, or about 3 weeks, due to the exclusion of federal holidays and weekends from the total count.

Similarly, the premium processing timeframe for certain Form I-539 and Form I-765 (e.g. for F-1 OPT) will change from 30 calendar days, about 4 weeks, to 30 business days, or about 6 weeks.

Premium Processing Fees Increased February 26, 2024

As we previously reported, USCIS also increased its premium processing filing fees February 26, 2024.