Premium Processing

In the event that expedited handling is required to speed up the final step of an H-1B, O-1, TN or E-3 petition, the hiring department will need to submit a Dispursement Request Form to BU Accounts Payable for issuance of a check to pay the Premium Processing fee.  USCIS premium-processing will reduce the USCIS standard processing to 15 business days.

The ISSO will pick-up all premium processing checks directly from Accounts Payable, so it is important that you pay attention to the details below to insure that we match each check to the appropriate petition/employee:

Check Amount: $2,500
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
Additional instructions for request to Accounts Payable: Dispursement Request Type: Dues, Fees, Licenses, Permits and Premiums.

Disposition of Payment: Hold for Pickup.

Invoice Number*: Enter the last name & first 2 initials of the first name of the employee being sponsored and the date of the request (ie. CHOPRAPR051523)

Expenditure/Supporting Documentation text field*: Premium processing request for ‘name of sponsored employee’.

*the ISSO cannot pick-up any checks that do not specify which USCIS petition/BU employee it is intended for.

ISSO Pick-up: Upon issuance of any premium processing check, Accounts Payable will notify the ISSO directly so that we can make arrangements for pick-up.  Please plan accordingly and allow for at least 10-business days for check issuance and pick-up.

Standard USCIS processing fees are centrally funded and covered by the ISSO. The premium processing fee is not a standard processing fee and, thus, it is not covered by the ISSO. Premium processing requests expedite the final step of USCIS adjudication but do not influence the timing related to required ISSO, DOL or other associated preliminary processing.