USCIS will be implementing the second phase of its planned expansion of its premium processing service starting August 1, 2022. For those who are unaware, Premium processing is a service provided by USCIS that allows you to pay an extra fee to get your application adjudicated quicker (in many cases within 15 business days, but some may be 2 or 3 months). While this service is currently available for most I-140s and certain I-129 applications, it’s not available for all statuses as of yet.
Phase 1 of the expansion allowed those with an EB-1C, Application for Intracompany transferee pending one or before January 1, 2021, and those with an EB-2 National Interest Waiver application filed on or before June 1, 2021, to utilize premium processing – this phase began on June 1, 2022, for EB-1C applications and July 1, 2022, for EB-2 NIW cases.
Phase 2 will begin on August 1, 2022, and will allow those with an EB-1C application filed on or before June 1, 2021, and those with an EB-2 NIW filed on or before August 1, 2022, to utilize premium processing.
Hopefully, USCIS will begin moving a little quicker on its implementation of premium processing in the near future. We will update you as USCIS updates us.
Please remember, as always, this blog does not offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult with a lawyer instead of a blog. Thank you.