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Immigration Law

USCIS Policy Alert: New Forms...and the Death of Premium Processing?

USCIS Policy Alert, Sept. 2, 2020 (46 pages!)

"For submissions postmarked on or after that October 2, 2020, USCIS will only accept the 10/02/20 edition of the following new or existing forms:

  • Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-1B or H-1B1 Classifications (Form I-129H1)
  • Petitions for H-2A and H-2B Workers (Forms I-129H2A and I-129H2B)
  • Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: L Classification (Form I-129L)
  • Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: O Classification (Form I-129O)
  • Application for Nonimmigrant Worker: E and TN Classification (Form I-129E&TN)
  • Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-3, P, Q, or R Classification (Form I-129MISC)
  • Request for Action on Approved Form I-600/I-600A (Form I-600/I-600A, Supplement 3)
  • Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765)
  • Request for Fee Waiver (Form I-912)

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  • Updates the premium processing timeframe from 15 calendar days to 15 business days and explains that the additional fee for this service may be adjusted for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) by notice in the Federal Register.
  • Provides that USCIS will refund certain premium processing fees if USCIS does not complete the adjudication within the guaranteed timeframe (that is, 15 business days).