Premium Processing to be Extended to Certain I-140, I-539 and I-765 Filings
June 15, 2006
For the past few years, companies seeking to employ foreign workers in a variety of temporary work visa categories (including H-1B, L-1 and R-1) have had the option to pay an extra $1,000 filing fee in order to have their visa petition processed in 15 days or less. This process, known as premium processing, will soon be available for most categories of I-140 immigrant worker petitions (effective August 28, 2006, available for most EB-3 professionals and skilled workers), I-539 applications to change or extend nonimmigrant visa status (such as to extend B-1/B-2 visitor status, or change from visitor to F-1 student status) and I-765 – applications for Employment Authorization Document. As soon as CIS announces the availability of premium processing for these categories of filings, the news will be provided in this column.
PUBLISHED June 15, 2006 – “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM”
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