A common question that is asked is: Should I file my case regular processing, or should I file my case, premium processing?
Premium processing is $2,500
Premium processing, you will get your case adjudicated faster, so you will get your response quicker, usually in about 3 weeks. The filing fee for premium processing is $2,500. You can find more information here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-907
Regular processing times are always changing and depend on case type and where the case is filed. You can check processing times here: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/
However, very often the published processing times do not correspond with the actual processing times experienced by law firms and clients. Because the length of time a case takes to be processed if filed regular processing depends on time the case is filed, type of case filed, government backlog, and more.
Should I choose regular or premium processing for my O-1B Visa?
Whether you choose to file regular processing or premium processing, it’s important to be strategic with your time and your petition.
- Do you want your approval to come in after your OPT expires?
- Do you want to know if you are approved before your OPT expires?
- Can you wait for your approval and not be employed during your grace period?
Every case is different and it is important to work with a licensed and experienced immigraiton attorney who can assist you effectively.