USCIS Expands Premium Processing, Effective January 30

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As of January 30, 2023, individuals can submit premium processing requests for any new or currently pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers filed for non-citizens here in the United States on a broad range of work visas. Please continue reading and reach out to our seasoned immigration lawyers to learn more about what this can mean for you and how our legal team may be able to help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Who qualifies for premium processing requests?

If you’re looking to file a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, for an E13 multinational executive or manager, an E21 member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a National Interest Waiver (NIW), you should qualify for premium processing. The expansion comes as an effort on the part of USCIS to make premium processing available for more EB-1 and EB-2 classifications.

It is also worth noting that USCIS plans to expand premium processing in the coming months for additional parties, including certain F-1 students, certain students and exchange visitors with a pending Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and for certain students and exchange visitors looking to file initial Form I-539 applications.

How do I request it?

If you’re looking to request premium processing either on or after January 30, 2023, you will have to file the new edition of Form I-901, Request for Premium Processing Service. This edition should be dated November 3, 2022, as USCIS is no longer accepting the former edition of Form I-901. You must also submit a separate filing fee with your request for premium processing. If you submit a combined fee payment, the filing will be rejected.

If you have any additional questions about the expansion of premium processing or whether you may qualify, please don’t hesitate to contact the Lightman Law Firm today. Our legal team has decades of combined experience guiding clients through all facets of the immigration process, and we are here to put that experience to work for you as well.