Continuing from where USCIS Premium Processing Service: Here’s What You Need to Know (Pt. 1) left off, below we will continue to point out some important info to be aware of if you are considering requesting USCIS premium processing for your immigration petition or application.
Steps for Requesting USCIS Premium Processing
In order to officially request USCIS premium processing, an applicant or someone acting on behalf of the applicant (like, for instance, an immigration attorney) must complete the following steps:
- A Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, must be completed, signed and submitted, and the submission of this form must occur at the same time that the Form I-129 or Form I-140 is being submitted to USCIS (i.e., at an appropriate filing location).
- If you’ve already submitted a Form I-129 or Form I-140 and you now want to request expedited processing of your application, then the Form I-907 must be completed, signed and submitted to the same location (Service Center) where your previous forms were submitted.
When a Form I-907 is filed at the wrong Service Center, then the 15-day processing period will not begin until the form has been forwarded to and received by the appropriate Service Center.
Additional Conditions for USCIS Premium Processing
- No fee waivers – The filing fee of $1,225 (which was the fee as of September 2014) must be paid at the time of submitting the Form I-907 to request USCIS premium processing. Failing to pay this fee when submitting the form will typically result in a rejection of this request.
- Properly completed forms – If the Form I-907 or any form associated with the USCIS case is not properly completed or is not signed and dated by the applicant, then the request for expedited processing will likely be rejected (and a person may end up having his case delayed longer than expected due to the issues with his application(s)).
- Labor certification issues – If an application for USCIS premium processing is associated with labor certification substitution requests or Duplicate Labor Certification requests, it will likely not be eligible for USCIS premium processing.
The bottom line with USCIS premium processing is that, although it can significantly speed up the amount of time it takes to process an immigration petition or application, there are very strict eligibility requirements for this processing and the forms to request it have to be meticulously completed in order to ensure this request is approved.
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