It’s likely no surprise to many people seeking an immigration status change that their case can take months or possibly even longer to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). However, in some cases, people may be eligible to file for USCIS premium processing. This option can significantly expedite the processing of a person’s application and, ultimately, help people obtain the status changes they need far faster than would otherwise be possible.
In this two-part blog series, we will highlight a few important things that people should know when it comes to USCIS premium processing services. If you have questions about this option or need any assistance with your immigration issues, contact the Los Angeles immigration lawyers at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. today.
An Overview of How USCIS Premium Processing Works
With USCIS premium processing, expedited review and processing of an immigration petition or application will take place within 15 calendar days of the application being submitted. If, for some reason, USCIS cannot meet this deadline (i.e., no decision is issued by the 16th day), then the applicant can receive a full refund of the filing fees for this expediting processing while still having his or her case be processed as soon as possible.
To initiate USCIS premium processing for an application, a person will have to complete a Form I-907. If USCIS officials request additional information or documentation as part of a case, then a new 15-day period will start as soon as the applicant provides the additional requested information for his case.
Eligibility for USCIS Premium Processing
People who are applying for employment-based immigration status changes are usually eligible for USCIS premium processing. More specifically, this typically includes (but is not necessarily limited to) people who are submitting the following forms to USCIS:
- Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker
- Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.
For our continued discussion regarding what you need to know about USCIS premium processing, be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog series.
Los Angeles, California Immigration Lawyers at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.
When you are ready to petition USCIS for any change to your immigration status, you can trust your case in the hands of the Los Angeles immigration attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. For more than 15 years, our lawyers have been successfully representing clients in various types of immigration cases, including those that involve the most basic immigration applications to those associated with extremely complicated federal court litigation.
To learn more about how we can help you, call (626) 765-4641 or (866) 489-7612 or email us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the screen. From our office in Pasadena, we serve clients throughout the Los Angeles area, across the state of California and from around the world.
We offer free, confidential initial consultations to provide potential clients with expert advice regarding their immigration law needs. Additionally, we are able to provide immigration legal services in various languages, including in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesian, Tagalog and Fukienese.