The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced an increase to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) premium processing service fee. The DHS fee has increased from $1,225 to $1,410.

Effective immediately, H-1B premium processing requests submitted to HR must include the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fee increase. Premium processing is an optional service to expedite certain employment-based petitions (H-1B, Immigrant Petition, etc.) to 15-day processing.

 Please note the following regarding whether an H-1B premium processing fee may apply:

  • For complete H-1B petitions that the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) has already received, respective H-1B advisers will submit petitions to DHS prior to October 1, 2018. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, complete H-1B petitions already received by ISSO will not be subject to the fee increase. H-1B advisers will contact departments directly if an extenuating circumstance arises.
  • For incomplete H-1B petitions that ISSO has already received, an updated DHS Premium Processing fee will be required. H-1B advisers will contact departments directly to issue new USCIS premium processing checks.

For case specific questions, please contact the following H-1B advisers: