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Client Alert – USCIS Announces Expansion of Premium Processing Service for Certain Pending EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

It isn’t often that US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) provides the opportunity to expedite case processing, but the agency has recently done just that. The only catches – it comes with a premium fee for the speediness and is only applicable to cases that have been pending for quite a while already.

On May 24, 2022, USCIS announced that it will begin accepting Form I-907 Premium Processing upgrade requests for Form I-140 EB-1(C) Multinational Executive and Manager Petitions received by USCIS on or before January 1, 2021.

USCIS also announced that, effective July 1, 2022, it will accept Premium Processing requests for Form I-140 EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) Petitions received on or before June 1, 2021, as well as EB-1(C) Multinational Executive and Manager Petitions received on or before March 1, 2021.

Please refer below for a summary of these expansions:

 

Date USCIS Begins Accepting Premium Processing Requests

Newly Eligible Petition Categories

June 1, 2022

EB-1 I-140 – Multinational Executive or Manager (EB-1C) petitions received on or before January 1, 2021

July 1, 2022

 

EB-1 I-140 – Multinational Executive or Manager (EB-1C) petitions received on or before March 1, 2021

EB-2 I-140 – Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability Seeking a National Interest Waiver (EB-2 NIW) petitions received on or before March 1, 2021

 

On May 23, 2022, USCIS also published a new version of the Form I-907 Request for Premium Processing, dated 05/31/2022. Prior versions of the form will be rejected effective July 1, 2022.

These expansions are an initial part of previously announced plans by USCIS to expand premium processing to additional form types that will eventually also include certain Form I-539 Applications to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and Form I-765 Applications for Employment Authorization.

Stay tuned for the latest from the Moodys immigration team as we closely monitor these expansions and for any other significant changes in US and Canadian immigration!