Premium Processing Form Available
Link to Form I-907 and instructions
on U.S. INS website:
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 employers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.