Is Premium Processing Right For Me

Currently, when a U.S. immigration application is filed, it is taking 4-6 months for USCIS to complete an initial adjudication of the case. Almost always USCIS will issue an approval notice when a case was properly filed. In some cases, USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) seeking additional information.

A question we are often asked by U.S. bound RNs is “Can I process my application using premium processing?”

The Pros and Cons of Premium Processing

The Pros
Premium processing cases are adjudicated within 15 days after receipt by USCIS instead of 4-6 months. This provides applicants with a greater sense of security knowing sooner rather than later that their application has been approved and their priority date has been established.

The Cons
To change your case to premium processing, you have to pay the additional premium processing fee which is currently $1,440 USD. Although your case will be adjudicated within 15 days, when you ultimately receive your visa is determined not by USCIS, but by the National Visa Center (NVC) and the U.S. Embassy where your visa interview will be held.

The one scenario where premium processing can usually result in a visa being issued more quickly is where an applicant has an existing priority date based on a previously approved petition.

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