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Premium Processing for Certain Change of Status Applications

On June 12, 2023, USCIS announced the expansion of premium processing for applicants filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status to change their status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status.

According to the announcement, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for Form I-539 applicants seeking such change of status in the following schedule:

  • For applicants who have a pending Form I-539: Beginning June 13, 2023
  • For applicants who file a Form I-539 application and Form I-907 request together: Beginning June 26, 2023

USCIS will reject premium processing requests if received before the schedule set forth above.

How do I file a request for Premium Processing?

Applicants seeking a change of status request may request premium processing by filing Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service by mail or online. Additionally, such applicants must comply with the following requirements:

Applicants file Form I-539 to seek change of status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 status

Applicants may request this premium processing service if they seek a change of status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 status. This phase of premium processing service is not available for applicants seeking an extension of stay.

Applicants file Form I-539 and Form I-907 in a same way (both by mail or online)

Applicants seeking premium processing services must submit Form I-907 the same way they submit Form I-539.  That is, if applicants file Form I-539 by mail, they must submit Form I-907 by mail. If applicants file Form I-539 online, they must submit Form I-907 online.

Additionally, USCIS may reject applicants’ Form I-907 and/or Form I-539 if submitted with another request. This includes the case when applicants file multiple Forms I-907 requests together.

How long will it take for USCIS to adjudicate the case under the premium processing?

In receiving requests for premium processing for a change of status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status, USCIS guarantees that it will take adjudicative action on the case within 30 calendar days, or it will refund the premium processing fee.

When will the clock start for the premium processing?

For their premium processing to begin for these specific categories, applicants must submit their biometrics. Even after USCIS accepts an applicant’s Form I-907 and accompanying fees, the time limit for premium processing will not start running until the applicant and all co-applicants included on the Form I-539 submit their biometrics.

How much is the filing fee for Form I-907?

Filing fee for the Form I-907 for Form I-539 seeking change of status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status is currently $1,750. This fee will be increased to $1,685 for certain F-1 students and $1,965 for other status as to a premium processing request postmarked on or after February 26, 2024. Applicants may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check, or pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. Applicants must pay the Form I-907 fee separately from other filing fees.

How to file Form I-907 online

Applicants who file Form I-907 online must first create a USCIS online account, which can be done with no cost. Through the online account, applicants may submit forms, pay fees, and track the status of any pending USCIS immigration request throughout the adjudication process. For more details, please visit USCIS’ website here.

For USCIS’ original announcement, please visit here.

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