I 140 returns to premium processing

Posted in Policy at 9:07 pm by Lalita Haran

I-140s would qualify for premium processing starting june 29th, 2009 says USCIS. Well, then comes the limitation that not all the I-140s would be accepted as premium processing. Out goes the Eb1 for multinational executives and managers and EB2 applicants seeking national interest waiver.

Those qualifying include extra ordinary ability workers and outstanding researchers and professors in EB1 category, exceptional ability or advanced degree professionals who do not want national interest waiver, and EB3 professionals, skilled and non skilled workers.

Premium processing was suspended in 2007 due to the heavy filing load in july- august. At the time government admitted openly that due to the enormous amount of filing it was not possible to fulfil the premium procesing guarantee of processing applications within 15 days as promised. Fair enough. After two years the services are about to be resumed. The national interest waiver category for professionals with advanced degree or extraordinary ability, that is widely used is kept out of premium processing for now.

It is nice to see the government regaining ability to quickly process papers but isn’t it something all should be entitled to? Administration is also run like a business. So when delay is inevitable and all pervalent, faster service ought to be made available at a premium. Well, this rule of premium processing started when the government wasn’t so much in need of $$$ but now we understand.

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