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Phase 4 of USCIS I-140 Premium Processing Starts Jan 30

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began expanding premium processing in 2022  for certain petitioners with a pending Form I-140 under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. On January 12, 2023, USCIS announced the start of the fourth and final phase of premium processing expansion for EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 petitions.

According to the USCIS announcement,

“this phase applies to new (initial) petitions, in addition to all previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational executive and manager classification or E21 classification as a member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a national intest waiver (NIW).”

Beginning on January 30, 2023, USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests for:

  • All pending E13 multinational executive and manager petitions and E21 NIW petitions; and
  • All initial E13 multinational executive and manager petitions and E21 NIW petitions.

Expanded Premium Processing

USCIS announced new measures to expand employment-based green card premium processing and reduce visa backlogs and wait times In 2022. Phase 1 of the new premium processing rules went into effect on May 31, 2022. Phase 3 of USCIS I-140 Premium Processing began in September and allows immigration applicants to have their applications reviewed more quickly by paying an extra fee to expedite their applications. Before the pandemic, USCIS was already experiencing long wait times and backlogs.

E-B1 priority applicants are people with extraordinary abilities in the fields of sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. These are people with national or internationally recognized abilities and, for that reason, may petition on their own for immigration. This can be done without a job offer from an employer. The first priority group includes “Outstanding” professors, researchers and multinational managers and executives.

E-B2 visa category applicants are those with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in business, arts or sciences.

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