USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain R-1 Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions
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Categories: Nonimmigrant Visas

In 2005, the USCIS suspended Premium (15-day) Processing of R-1 nonimmigrant visa petitions due to fraud issues related to the sponsoring religious organizations.  The USCIS conducted on-site inspections of petitioners as part of the R-1 adjudication process.  Effective July 20, 2009, those R-1 religious organization petitioners already the subject of  successful on-site inspections at the locations where the beneficiaries will work may request Premium Processing.  The filing fee for Premium Processing is $1,000.  If the USCIS issues a request for evidence, the 15-day processing period begins again upon receipt of the petitioner's response.


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