The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced an increase to the USCIS premium processing service fee from $1,410 to $1,440.

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 petitions that the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) has already received:

For complete H-1B petitions: H-1B advisers will submit petitions to DHS. 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: An updated DHS Premium Processing fee is 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:

  • Chris Flores for Specialist, Researcher, Faculty and all other non-postdoc appointments
  • Matthew Loehrer for Postdoctoral Scholar appointments