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USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs and Expand Premium Processing

Today, the USCIS has issued a notice for some exiting news. In a suppressing move the USCIS is Expanding its "efforts to increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system. USCIS will set new agency-wide backlog reduction goals, expand premium processing to additional form types, and work to improve timely access to employment authorization documents" The major piece of information that was released today is the the USCIS will be Expanding the categories of farms that will now be able to take advantage of Premium Processing:

"Premium processing is an expedited adjudication service now available only 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. This final rule expands the categories of forms ultimately eligible for premium processing services, including Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status; Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and additional classifications under Form I-140.

USCIS intends to begin implementing, through a phased approach, premium processing availability of Form I-539, Form I-765 and Form I-140 in fiscal year 2022. USCIS will also adhere to the congressional requirement that the expansion of premium processing must not cause an increase in processing times for regular immigration benefit requests.

USCIS plans to begin this phased implementation process by expanding premium processing eligibility to Form I-140 filers requesting EB-1 immigrant classification as a multinational executive or manager, or EB-2 immigrant classification as a member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a national interest waiver." The Expansion of Premium Processing for I-539 Forms and I-765 EAD forms is a very Welcomed change that will be of great interest for our Clients. We at IKS SQ LLC will be watching Closely on this new event and will be sure to update our clients once it becomes active.

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