Late last month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a series of new actions intended to maximize the efficacy of, and minimize the burdens to the overall legal immigration system. Put simply, the USCIS appears to be establishing new internal cycle goals designed to expand the availability of premium processing of certain Forms as well as access and availability of employment authorization documents (EAD). If you are asking yourself how this affects you and your family, please read on, then contact an experienced work authorization permit lawyer in Milwaukee, WI to learn how the new actions from USCIS could affect you.
What new processing times is USCIS proposing?
In order to reduce the amount of time it takes USCIS to process cases, the agency has set new internal metrics. As these goals are being met, it is hoped that processing will follow and applicants and petitioners will be given more timely decisions. The following are the USCIS’ new cycle time goals:
- I-129 Premium
- I-140 Premium
- I-129 Non-Premium
- I-131 Advance Parole
- I-140 Non-Premium
- I-130 Immediate Relative
- I-129 Fiancé(e)
- I-821D Renewals
What Forms has the USCIS expanded premium processing for?
Currently, only petitioners filing a Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, and certain employment-based immigrant visa petitioners filing a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, have access to the expediting adjudication service known as premium processing. Using a planned approach, the USCIS is aiming to extend the expedited processing to Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and additional classifications under Form I-140 in fiscal year 2022.
How has access to EADs improved?
In an effort to make progress toward a temporary final rule, the USCIS has extended validity for certain EADs and provided expedited work authorization renewals for healthcare and childcare workers and more to prevent certain individuals from losing their work authorization while their applications are pending.
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