June 22, 2009
USCIS today announced that premium processing service for I-140 petitions will resume beginning June 29, 2009. Premium processing service will be available for the following types of I-140 petitions:
- EB1 Extraordinary Ability
- EB1 Outstanding Researcher
- EB2 based on approved labor certification
- EB3 based on approved labor certification
Premium Processing Service is still not available for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, involving EB-1 Multinational Executives and Managers and EB-2 Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability seeking a National Interest Waiver.
According to the USCIS announcement, under the Premium Processing Service, USCIS guarantees petitioners that, for a $1,000 processing fee, it will issue either an approval notice, or where appropriate, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation, within 15 calendar days of receipt. If the petition is not processed within 15 calendar days, USCIS will refund the $1,000 fee and continue to process the request as part of the Premium Processing Service. In addition to faster processing, petitioners who participate in the program may use a dedicated phone number and e-mail address to check on the status of their petition or ask any other questions they may have concerning their petition.