U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will increase the premium processing fee for certain employment-based petitions, beginning on December 2, 2019.

Premium processing is an optional service provided to petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker that allows petitioners to request 15-day processing for an extra fee. The current fee is $1,410 and the increase will put the new fee at $1,440. USCIS last increased the premium processing fee in 2018 and says the increase is intended to reflect inflation. Click here to read the USCIS announcement and click here to read the Final Rule in the Federal Register.