The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is expanding its premium processing service to additional certain types of applications and petitions filed with the agency. The phased approach will be brought in over the next 21 months.
The premium processing option is an expedited processing for certain applications where the USCIS will process these applications within 15 calendar days. This can be a good option for some immigrants where most applications and petitions can take months or even years. There agency has a long history of neglecting the urgency of filings and is now planning on catching up on the backlog.
Immigrant workers who may soon be able to request premium processing include:
- EB-1 (first preference) multinational executives and managers
- EB-2 (second preference) members of professions with advanced degrees
The USCIS has also specifically mentioned a premium processing option for I-765 and I-539 to extend or change status from within the U.S, both of those whose processing times have been long in the past several years.
An attorney who specializes in immigration can help their client with the laws, rules and regulations that are part of the immigration process to the U.S. They understand that these laws can change frequently and are often complicated. They can provide strong legal advocacy in immigration issues including student visas, family visas, U.S. citizenship, asylum, work visas, DACA, and adjustment of status. U.S. immigrants have rights and should take steps to actively protect these rights. An attorney can make sure these rights are protected and also make sure all paperwork is filed correctly and within the deadlines required.