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Is it worth using premium processing?

The answer to this question is: it depends!

Premium processing is an optional service offered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for certain types of visa applications and immigration petitions. It allows the applicant to pay an additional fee to expedite the processing of their request.

Standard analysis of a petition can take several weeks or even months. With premium processing, USCIS commits to processing the application in a much shorter timeframe, which, depending on the visa category, can be less than a month.

At first glance, this service seems wonderful. However, it may not always be worth using.

The decision depends on the individual circumstances of each case and can be advantageous when the applicant has some sort of urgency or in cases of visas with current priority dates.

On the other hand, this service comes with a high cost that needs to be considered in the applicant's budget. For visas such as EB-1 and EB2-NIW, for example, the fee can reach $2,800. In these cases, it is important to analyze how solid the national interest proposal presented in your application is, as this determines whether you have a secure backlog to request premium processing and have your application approved.

Our recommendation is that you carefully analyze before making a decision and, of course, seek professional guidance.

With the support of an immigration attorney specialized in the type of visa you are applying for, you will be able to make an informed decision that truly helps your application and values your investment.

If you want to understand better how premium processing works and if it is applicable to your case, please click on this link and send us a message. The Murtaz Law team is available to assist you!

About Murtaz Law

With more than a decade of experience, we take pride in guiding families and individuals on their journey to legally immigrate to the USA, whether temporarily or permanently.


Our success story spans a variety of cases, including temporary immigration, family reunification, naturalization, and especially, work visas like the EB2-NIW, which leads to the Green Card. Over the years, we have built a solid reputation and become a reference for skilled professionals, artists, and elite athletes who wish to expand their careers or undertake ventures in the USA.


Our 99.5% approval rate in cases demonstrates our commitment to a personalized approach, combining ethics, creativity, and deep knowledge of the laws and economic issues. We recognize that each client has a unique story and work side by side, individually, to create tailored strategies that achieve the desired outcomes. We take the importance of our work in our clients' lives seriously. Your future deserves a unique strategy, and we at Murtaz Law have the experience and expertise to meet your immigration needs.

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