USCIS Expands Premium Processing Services

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has started to offer premium processing service for certain long-pending, employment-based permanent resident petitions. Consistent with its previous announcement, USCIS is taking an incremental approach to expanding premium processing service, as follows:

  • Effective June 1, 2022, premium processing service is available for I-140 petitions filed on behalf of multinational executives and managers (EB-1(3) classification) with receipt dates on or before January 1, 2021.
  • Effective July 1, 2022, premium processing service will be available for I-140 petitions for persons seeking a National Interest Waiver (EB-2(1) NIW classification) with receipt dates on or before June 1, 2021.
  • Effective July 1, 2022, premium processing service will be available for I-140 petitions for multinational managers and executives (EB-1(3)) with receipt dates on or before March 1, 2021.

Petitioners may interfile a request for premium processing service for covered petitions by filing Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service in accordance with the timelines above, and paying a supplemental fee of $2,500.00 . USCIS will have 45 days from receipt of the premium processing request and fee to adjudicate the petition.

USCIS will continue to expand premium processing service to other benefits in the months and years ahead. As previously reported, USCIS is expected to introduce premium processing service for Form I-539, Applications to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant status for F, J and M nonimmigrants and I-765, Applications for Employment Authorization Documents, for F-1 Optional Practical Training and Exchange Visitors before September 30, 2022.

Gibney will continue to monitor these developments and provide updates as they become available.

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