Premium Processing Form Available

 

Link to Form I-907 and instructions on U.S. INS website:

http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/i-907.htm

What is Premium Processing? Premium Processing Service is an opportunity for the employer or the beneficiary to request faster processing of certain employment-based petitions and applications to meet the employer’s need to hire foreign workers. The Premium Processing fee is $1,000, which is in addition to the regular filing fees that must be paid to the Service for the filing of certain petitions and applications.

When will Premium Processing be available? The opportunity to request Premium Processing will be available starting June 1, 2001. Initially, the classifications eligible for Premium Processing requests are: E-1, E-2, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, Blanket L, O, P, and Q. Starting July 30, 2001, H-1B, R, and TN classifications will be eligible for Premium Processing requests. Notification of any additions or terminations regarding Premium Processing will be published in the Federal Register. For current information regarding Premium Processing, refer to the INS web site at www.ins.gov.

What are the benefits of requesting Premium Processing? Premium Processing guarantees 15-calendar day processing of certain employment-based petitions and applications. In other words, the Service will issue an approval notice, request for additional evidence, notice of investigation for fraud, or notice of intent to deny within 15 calendar days from the date the petition was received at the Service Center. If the Service does not issue a notice or request within 15 calendar days, your Premium Processing fee will be refunded automatically and the Service will continue processing the petition or application. The Premium Processing Service unit at every Service Center will have a unique address that will be used to file requests for Premium Processing to facilitate expeditious handling. In addition, each Service Center will have dedicated phone number(s), fax number(s), and an e-mail address in order to provide enhanced customer service contact.

How do I request Premium Processing Service? A Federal Register notice will be published in May 2001 outlining the specific directions for filing within the Premium Processing Service program. Along with that notice, a new form (I-907) will be published for use which will have instructions on where and how to file. This information will also be posted on the INS web site at www.ins.gov.

Can the fee for Premium Processing Services be waived? No, the fee for Premium Processing Service cannot be waived for any reason. The Service will continue its existing policy and procedures for expeditious processing of petitions and applications filed by petitioners designated as non-profit by the IRS.

How will employers know which applications and petitions are accepted for Premium Processing Service? The Service will designate petitions and applications for Premium Processing Service by publishing notices in the Federal Register. These notices will specify the form types and the visa classifications for which Premium Processing Service is available. The notices will also specify the dates on which the availability of Premium Processing Service begins and ends. The Service will also announce temporary termination of Premium Processing Service by publication of a notice in the Federal Register.