Slight Increase in Premium Processing Fees

Beginning on December 2nd, 2019, premium processing fees will be increased from $1,410 to $1,440 for forms I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. USCIS is slightly increasing the premium processing fee to reflect the full intended amount adjusted for inflation.

Premium processing is used for petitioners to expediate the processing of their application for various employment-based petitions and applications.Petitions that is submitted with premium processing service will guarantee that the petition will be processed within 15 calendar days. Premium processing is available for various Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, visas and Form I-140, Immigrant petition for Alien Worker. For nonimmigrant worker petitions, premium processing is mostly commonly used for H-1B, L-1 and O-1. For immigrant alien workers, premium process is generally used for EB-1A. EB-1B, and EB-2 after PERM approval.The premium processing fee is in addition to the regular filing fees associated with these petitions. Premium processing is not available for National Interest Waivers (NIW), EB-1C (for multinational executives and managers), and I-539 applications. To view a full list of petitions that can use premium processing, please visit

Compared to regular processing, premium processing dramatically increases the processing time and applicants will receive a reply much more quickly than regular processing time. Regular processing time varies depending on which application is submitted. Please visit for a list of processing times. Therefore, if an application is strong and the applicant is in need of approval fast, premium processing is a valuable tool. However, premium processing is a costly tool and might result in either a denial or request for more evidence in weak cases. Please contact an attorney to evaluate whether premium processing is right for your petition.

Zhang & Associates, P.C. has successfully represented thousands of non-immigrant and immigrant visas cases in the past 23 years. If you would like to contact us, please email us at Our attorneys will use their experience, expertise, and teamwork to ensure the highest quality of service.

Former U.S. Consular officer, Attorney Sechyi Laiu joined Zhang & Associates, P.C. on June 26, 2017

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu specializes on Consular Processing cases and business development. Attorney Laiu also focuses on TN visas, E visas, CBP administrative proceedings (monetary confiscation, deferred inspection), and overseas financial compliance.

Prior to joining Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Chinese and Portuguese speaking diplomat. As a consular-coned officer who served in Vancouver (Canada), Shenyang (P.R. China), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Attorney Laiu processed over 30,000 visa cases and worked in every section of Consular Affairs overseas (Fraud Prevention Unit, Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, and American Citizen Services).

He will use his experience and expertise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.

Founded in 1996, Zhang & Associates, P.C. offers legal services to clients worldwide in all aspects of U.S immigration law. We have successfully handled over ten thousand immigration cases.

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., our attorneys and supporting professionals are committed to providing high-quality immigration and non-immigration visa services. We specialize in NIW, EB-1, EB-5, PERM, I-485 I-130, H-1B, O, L and J cases. In the past twenty-two years, we have successfully helped over ten thousand clients get green cards. If you plan to apply for a green card, please send your CV to Attorney Jerry Zhang ( for a free evaluation.

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