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Premium Processing for H-1B Cases

All standard USCIS processing fees for H-1B sponsorship are centrally funded and covered by the ISSO.

However, in the event that expedited handling is required to speed up the final step of H-1B case adjudication, it may be necessary to request Premium Processing service from the USCIS.

While standard USCIS processing can often take 3-6 months, Premium Processing ensures a USCIS response within 15 days time.

In order to request Premium Processing on a case, the ISSO must receive a check made out as follows:

Check Amount:
Payable to:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Addressed to:

Department of Homeland Security

USCIS California Service Center

24000 Avila Road, Room 2312

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Handling Instructions:
Check must be delivered to the ISSO (not mailed independently to USCIS!) and must clearly reference the H-1B employee's name to ensure that it is matched to the correct ISSO case.

Please bear in mind that there are several steps in H-1B processing and that Premium Processing only expedites the final step of USCIS adjudication. Premium Processing cannot speed up ISSO review or US Department of Labor prevailing wage and LCA certification steps.

In order to ensure sufficient time to complete H-1B processing on a case, departments are advised to submit H-1B sponsorship requests to the ISSO no less than six months prior to requested sponsorship start (or extension start) date.


Boston University
August 17, 2011

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office