USCIS Premium Processing
The following benefit requests are designated under the regulations for Premium Processing Service. Please be aware that you may only request premium processing for a benefit if USCIS has announced on its website that premium processing is available for that benefit. Your request for premium processing must also comply with any conditions that may apply. To determine if Premium Processing is available for your benefit request, visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/I-907 or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283. For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-767-1833.
Classification or Category Designated for Premium Processing
|Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status||E-1, E-2, E-3, F-1, F-2, H-4, J-1, J-2, L-2||$1,750||Up to 30 days|
|Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization||I-765 categories||$1,500||Up to 30 days|
|Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker||E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, O, or TN||$2,500||Up to 15 days|
More Information on USCIS Premium Processing
When do I file a request for Premium Processing?
Paying Premium Processing Fees
The Premium Processing fee is in addition to all other applicable filing fees.
Form I-907 may not be filed by a beneficiary or co-applicant of the primary form for which premium processing is being requested.
You must pay for Premium Processing Service with a separate check or money order. (For example, one check or money order attached to the relating petition or application, and one check or money order attached to Form I-907).
Can I file a premium processing request online?
Only certain F-1 students seeking OPT or STEM OPT extensions, or applicants requesting a change of status to F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status, may file Form I-907 online at this time. If you file a paper Form I-907, or any other USCIS form, you can create an online account to track the status of your case and sign up for case notifications.
To file Form I-907 online, you must first create a USCIS online account, which provides a convenient and secure method to submit forms, pay fees, and track the status of any pending USCIS immigration request throughout the adjudication process. There is no cost to set up a USCIS online account. If you have previously filed a USCIS form online, you may use your existing USCIS online account.
OPT/STEM OPT Extension students – Special considerations
Filing for premium processing with the I-765, Application for Employment Authorization is optional. Prior to paying the premium processing fee, OISS recommends that you consider the following:
- USCIS I-765 processing times
- The amount of time before your intended OPT employment start date
- Whether you need your EAD for travel purposes after your I-20 end date
To check processing times for any type of OPT application, go to USCIS I-765 processing times and select:
- “I-765 Application for Employment Authorization” under “Form”,
- “Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student [(c)(3)]” under “Form Category”, and
- “Potomac Service Center” under “Field Office or Service Center”
Premium Processing for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
Starting June 13, 2023 USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests, filed via paper form or online, for applicants seeking a change of status to F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 status, who have a pending Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
Starting June 26, 2023, USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests, filed either via paper form or online, for applicants seeking a change of status to F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 status, when filed together with Form I-539