United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers a crucial service for expediting the processing of certain immigration applications, notably those filed using Form I-129 and Form I-140. This service, known as Premium Processing, is requested via USCIS Form I-907. This article reviews the service, its scope, and how it can be utilized effectively.

What is Premium Processing?

Premium Processing is a service provided by USCIS that allows for expedited handling of specific immigration forms. By filing USCIS Form I-907 along with a premium processing fee, applicants can benefit from faster processing times, typically within 15-45 calendar days, depending on the case type. “Taking action” on these applications includes decisions such as approval, denial, or requests for additional evidence.

Eligible Categories for Premium Processing

USCIS Form I-129 Nonimmigrant Classifications Eligible for 15-day Premium Processing

  • E-1 Treaty trader
  • E-2 Treaty investor
  • E-3 Certain Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia
  • H-1B Alien in a specialty occupation
  • … (list continues with all eligible categories)

USCIS Form I-140 Immigrant Petitions Eligible for 15-day Premium Processing

  • E11 Aliens of extraordinary ability
  • E12 Outstanding professors and researchers
  • … (list continues with all eligible categories)

Upcoming Premium Processing Options

  • USCIS Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status: Expected in 2023, with a $1,750 fee.
  • USCIS Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization: Expected in 2023, with a $1,500 fee.

Requesting Premium Processing

To request Premium Processing, applicants must file USCIS Form I-907, along with the applicable fee, concurrently with their qualifying USCIS Form I-129 or USCIS Form I-140. If a case is already pending and qualifies for premium processing, Form I-907 can be filed with the service center handling the case, along with a copy of the Form I-797 Receipt Notice.

Upgrading to Premium Processing for Pending Cases

For cases that are transferred to another service center, the premium processing request, including Form I-907 and a copy of the transfer notice, should be sent to the center currently handling the case. This ensures prompt and accurate processing.

Payment Considerations

As of May 31, 2022, the Form I-907 fee must be paid separately from other filing fees. Combined payments for multiple forms will result in rejection due to improper fee payment.


USCIS’s Form I-907 Premium Processing service is a valuable tool for those seeking expedited handling of specific immigration filings. Understanding the categories covered, the application process, and the proper payment methods are key to successfully leveraging this service.

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