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Premium Processing Option

The INS instituted the “Premium Processing” option for filing of certain applications. This option guarantees processing time of 15 days for an additional $1,000 fee, payable to the INS, now the USCIS. This option is available for the form I-129 used in filing H-1B and 0-1 petitions. You may want to elect this option if you have travel plans that prohibit you from staying in the U.S. for the five months required for normal processing of an H-1B petition.