News - June 2008

Premium Processing Service Resumes for Some I-140 Petitions

USCIS has announced that effective June 16, 2008 it has expanded its Premium Processing Service to cover certain I-140 immigrant visa petitions.

Premium Processing has long been available for petitions for a number of nonimmigrant classifications, including H-1B, L-1, and O-1. The change has expanded the service to encompass immigrant petitions for employment-based visa categories for workers who need an approved I-140 petition in order to qualify for extension of H-1B status beyond the initial six years of authorization.

While I-140 petitions were eligible for Premium Processing in the past, before they were removed from the eligible list in 2007, the new announcement does not make all of these cases eligible for the service. Only petitions for H-1B workers who are within 60 days of the six year limitation on status, and who need the approved I-140 petition to obtain an extension of status, qualify for the Premium service. All Premium requests must use the I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service form and must include documentation of eligibility.

Under the Premium Processing Service, in exchange for the $1,000 Premium Processing fee, USCIS guarantees that designated petitions and applications will be processed within 15 calendar days.


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