USCIS Announces Expansion of I140 Premium Processing Service

September 27, 2006 - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday, September 22, 2006 that the Premium Processing Program (PPP) for I-140 petitions filed by employers will expand as of Monday, September 25, 2006 to certain additional employment-based (EB) categories. Three new EB categories will be eligible for premium processing, as explained below. Premium processing for I-140 petitions was initially introduced on August 28, 2006. It was limited to EB3 cases, however, and excluded EB3 "other worker" cases. As of September 25, 2006, premium processing will become available to the following additional categories of candidates who were eligible to file I-140 petitions for the immigrant petition. The expansion includes certain cases that fit within the following employment-based categories, commonly referred to as the EB1, EB2, and EB3 categories. EB1 for Outstanding Professors and Researchers EB2 for Advanced Degree professionals/ Persons of Exceptional Ability (but not National Interest Waiver cases) EB3 for "Other Workers" (unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years of work experience to perform the job) With this recent expansion of the I-140 petitions for premium processing, all I-140 categories will be eligible for premium processing, with the exception of EB1 (Extraordinary Ability and Multinational Executive or Transferee) and EB2 (National Interest Waiver) cases.

At our law firm, we have already witnessed that the I-140 PPP has been successfully working for EB3 cases over the last month or so. Even regulary filed cases of I140 petitions have been approved in less than 2 months. Our recent case was pending for merely 4 weeks. Click here for more information on employment based visas.