USCIS Premium Processing Expansion 2022

USCIS PREMIUM PROCESSING EXPANSION 2022:

  1. Possible implementation date: June 1, 2022

  2. Case Types: I-765s, I-539s (F-1, M-1, Js, H-4s, E-2 dep, L-2s etc.)

  3. Fees: Note in the Table Below:

Form Number 

Description of Eligible Applications

Fee

Timeframe

Form I-140 

EB-1 – Multinational Executive or Manager (EB-1C)

EB-2 – Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability Seeking a National Interest Waiver (EB-2 NIW)

$2,500 

45 days

Form I-539 

Change of Status Request to: F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, or M-2

 

Change of Status to or Extension of Stay in: E-1, E-2, E-3, H-4, L-2, O-3, P-4, or R-2

$1,750 

30 days

Form I-765 

Request for Employment Authorization

$1,500 

30 days

 

DHS anticipates a phased implementation approach. DHS has indicated that it 

 

  1. Hopes to expand premium processing to the additional Form I-140 visa classifications listed above in FY 2022.
  2. Regarding Form I-539, USCIS anticipates accepting premium processing requests from F–1, F–2, J–1, J–2, M–1 and M–2 applicants in FY 2022 and from E–1, E–2, E–3, L–2, H–4, O–3, P–4 and R–2 applicants in FY 2025.
  3. Thus, DHS has indicated it will prioritize premium processing for students applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Exchange Visitors beginning in FY 2022,
  4. While others who require an Employment Authorization Document may have to wait until FY 2025 so that USCIS has sufficient time to gather revenue to cover potential costs without adversely affecting the processing time for other benefits.

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