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June 22, 2022

USCIS Discloses Latest Updates On Premium Processing

we are back with a new Blog discussing the updates on Visa Petitions.

On May 24th, USCIS issued further information related to the implementation of its extended exclusive processing program.

It was first announced on March 29th, 2022, that USCIS aim to expand their premium processing to a particular Form I-140 employment-based immigrant visa petitions. Form I-539 applications to open or change nonimmigrant status, and Form I-765 applications for employment authorisation. As assured, USCIS’s brought this expansion into effect in a planned approach.

At the beginning of June 1, 2022, USCIS started accepting premium processing requests (Form I-907) for I-140 EB-13 Multinational Executive and Manager petitions filed with USCIS on or before January 1, 2021. On the other hand, from July 1, 2022, USCIS will accept premium processing requests (Form I-907) for I-140 EB-13 Multinational Executive and Manager petitions filed with USCIS on or before March 1, 2021.)

Furthermore, at the start of July 1, 2022, USCIS will acquire premium processing requests (Form I-907) for I-140 EB-21 Professionals with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability Seeking A National Interest Waiver petitions that were filed with USCIS on or before June 1, 2021.

USCIS received requests on September 30, 2020, and the May 31, 2022, edition of the Form I-907 filed on behalf of these cases through June 30, 2022. Starting July 1, 2022, however, candidates should file these requests using only the May 31, 2022 edition of Form I-907

The U.S. government filed a fee for the I-140 EB-13 or EB-21 premium processing upgrade, which is $2,500, and USCIS will process these upgrades within 45 calendar days.

USCIS now is facing a severe case backlog that has created a substantial number of pending cases and raised processing times caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resource restrictions outcoming from the earlier administration.

USCIS currently is dealing with a severe case backlog that has resulted in a significant number of pending cases and increased processing times caused by the “COVID-19 pandemic and resource constraints resulting from the prior administration.” USCIS’s new activities might reduce the backlog and expand premium proceedings to issue comfort to work, allowing holders not to roll out as quickly as hoped.

Even though Congress is the first to authorise extended premium processing eligibility with a stopgap appropriations bill passed into the law in October 2020, USCIS has not issued any final rule until March 2022.

Moreover, that particular rule has announced its first phase of the cases eligible to take advantage of expanded premium processing. USCIS still hasn’t disclosed when the new aid program for I-140, I-539, or I-765 applications would get implemented, far off a general statement that this expansion might get implemented in “the fiscal year 2022”.

Now, I-140 EB-13 processing times are between 13.5 to 17.5 months or more, and EB-21 processing times are between 15 to 18.5 months or more, while I-539 and I-765 applications can pend for even longer than the expected timeline.

Therefore, USCIS has a long route before it significantly recovers from its backlog crisis.

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