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Premium Processing Fee to Increase on December 2, 2019

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that on December 2, 2019, its premium processing fee will increase from $1,410 to $1,440 for certain employment-based petitions. The $30 increase will apply to Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, as well as Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers.

Petitioners may opt to pay the premium processing fee (in addition to the regular filing fees) so that their cases will be adjudicated within 15 days of filing. USCIS has attributed the fee increase to inflation. The last increase occurred in October 2018, when USCIS raised the fee slightly more than 15 percent.

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Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions...