USCIS Begins Third Phase Of Premium Processing Expansion
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that premium processing is now available for some applicants. This processing is now available for some specific Form I-140 immigrant applications that were filed earlier to seek classification under the EB-1C multinational executive and manager and the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) categories. In addition to other things, this is the third phase and part of USCIS’ effort to expand the premium processing services to cut down the backlogs created due to the pandemic and increase the functioning and efficiency of the department.
From September 15, 2022, USCIS is accepting Form I-907 – Request for Premium Processing for the following visa categories:
- Applications for EB-1C multinational executive and manager that were received on or before January 1, 2022; and
- Applications for EB-2 – National Interest Waiver that were received on or before February 1, 2022.
Presently, the Premium processing is unavailable for new applications for EB-1C or EB-2 National Interest Waiver.
Qualified applicants may submit Form I-907 to USCIS with a filing fee of $2,500. The duration of the premium processing for EB-1C and EB-2 NIW applications is 45 days from the date USCIS receives the request for premium processing.
Earlier in the year, USCIS had announced new measures to boost the efficiency and decrease the load on the legal immigration system, including establishing a final rule that set regulations for premium processing with the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act. The final rule set out the fee for premium processing, the timeframe of processing and modified premium processing services to also include Form I-539 – Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-765 – Application for Employment Authorization, and more classes of Form I-140 immigrant applications, including EB-1C and EB-2 National Interest Waiver. At the time of the announcement, USCIS clarified that the expansion of premium processing services would be implemented in phases to make sure that the expansion does not increase the processing time for regular requests of immigration benefits.
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