On March 6, 2023, USCIS announced that they would expand premium processing to certain F-1 students seeking OPT and the STEM OPT Extension. The premium processing fee is $1,500 and the expected processing time is 30 calendar days.

  • Starting on March 6, 2023, those who have pending form I-765 applications with USCIS may submit a supplemental I-907 request for premium processing
  • Starting on April 3, 2023, all new submissions of the form I-765 may be submitted with an accompanying I-907 request for premium processing
Notes from the Office of Global Services

  • Requests for premium processing must be made directly to USCIS. OGS is unable to assist students with the application process.
  • Applying for premium processing with USCIS will not impact OGS processing time.
  • OGS recognizes that not all students will have the means to request premium processing from USCIS due to its high cost. We recognize the disparity that this may cause and encourage students to submit their OPT/STEM Extension applications as early as possible to ensure timely adjudication by USCIS.