I-140 Premium Processing Resumes for Most Classifications

June 27, 2009

Effective June 29, 2009 Premium Processing for most I-140 immigration petitions will resume, USCIS has announced.

 I-140 Premium Processing will be available for the following classifications:

  • EB-1 Aliens with Extraordinary Ability
  • EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers
  • EB-2 Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability
  • EB-3 Professionals
  • EB-3 Skilled Workers
  • EB-3 Workers other than Skilled Workers and Professionals. 

 Premium Processing still will not be available for:

  • EB-1 Multinational Executives and Managers
  • EB-2 National Interest Waiver.

For the $1,000 fee for Premium Processing Service, USCIS guarantees that within 15 calendar days of receipt it will issue either an approval notice, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence, or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation.

If the petition is not processed within 15 calendar days, USCIS said it will refund the $1,000 fee and continue to process the request as part of the Premium Processing Service.


EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended to Sept. 30, 2009

March 14, 2009

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Pilot Program has been extended through Sept. 30, 2009, USCIS has announced.  

The extension was included in the “Fiscal 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill,” H.R. 1105, which was signed this week.

Thanks to the extension, USCIS will continue to receive, process, and adjudicate all Regional Center Proposals and Forms I-526, Immigrant Petitions by Alien Entrepreneur, and Forms I-485, Applications to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, affiliated with Regional Centers relying on “indirect” job creation analysis.

Currently, there are 45 regional centers throughout the United States, according to USCIS.


Houses Approves EB-5 Regional Center Extension to Sept. 30; Senate Now Considering Bill

February 27, 2009

An appropriations measure containing a short-term extension of the EB-5 Regional Program has passed the House and was sent to the Senate for consideration, AILA has announced.

The House of Representatives passed the Fiscal 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill (H.R. 1105) on Wednesday, which included a provision that would extend the EB-5 regional center program through September 30, 2009.

The bill must jump through additonal hurdles before it goes into effect and the final product is still subject to change.

The measure also included an extension of the controversial Basic Pilot (E-Verify) program through the end of September.