U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is implementing the second phase of its premium processing expansion for some petitioners with pending Forms I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. The second phase represents a modest expansion of the existing premium processing service at USCIS. Here are five things you need to know about the second phase of premium processing expansion.
USCIS originally announced in May 2022 that it would expand its premium processing service as a part of a larger effort to eliminate backlogs and improve timely access to employment authorization documents. USCIS will continue to work toward additional phases in premium processing, including expanding premium processing for other Form I-140 petitions, including Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. These forms are for certain F, M, and J nonimmigrants. USCIS intends to complete these phases in the fiscal year 2022. As required by law, expanding premium processing will not increase the processing times for regular immigration benefit requests.
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