USCIS Fully Expands Premium Processing for Certain Employment-Based Visas

Effective January 30, 2023, USCIS began accepting premium processing requests for all pending and initial EB-1 multinational executive and manager I-140 petitions and all pending and initial EB-2 (National Interest Waiver) I-140 petitions. Unlike typical premium processing applications that require 15 days to adjudicate, USCIS has 45 days to take action on these specific employment-based visa categories.

USCIS has made clear that the 45-day count will start once the agency has received all necessary documentation required for the particular case. In circumstances when a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) is issued, a new 45-day count would begin once the agency receives the petitioner’s RFE or NOID response. Similar to other premium processing cases, the filing fee for these two categories of cases is $2,500.


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