On March 29, 2022, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a trio of efforts to boost efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system. But what does this mean for you and your family? If you are asking yourself this question, please read on, then contact a competent employment immigration lawyer to learn more about these new announced actions and how they affect you.
What did the USCIS announce?
Quite simply, the USCIS appears to be establishing new internal cycle goals, expanding premium processing availability of certain Forms and increasing access to and availability of employment authorization documents (EAD).
What are USCIS’s new proposed processing times?
As noted above, the USCIS has set new internal metrics to reduce the amount of time it takes the agency to process cases. As cycle times improve, processing will hopefully follow and applicants and petitioners will receive more timely decisions. The agency’s new cycle time goals are as follows:
- I-129 Premium
- I-140 Premium
- I-129 Non-Premium
- I-131 Advance Parole
- I-140 Non-Premium
- I-130 Immediate Relative
- I-129 Fiancé(e)
- I-821D Renewals
How has the USCIS expanded premium processing?
Premium processing, an expediting adjudication service, is currently available to petitioners filing a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and to certain employment-based immigrant visa petitioners filing a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. The USCIS, through a phased approach, hopes to extend the expedited processing to Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and additional classifications under Form I-140 in fiscal year 2022.
How has the USCIS improved access to EADs?
As part of making progress toward a temporary final rule, the USCIS has extended validity for certain EADs and provided expedited work authorization renewals for healthcare and childcare workers and more to prevent certain individuals from losing their work authorization while their applications are pending.
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