USCIS ANNOUNCED NEW PROCESSING GOALS TO REDUCE BACKLOGS, EXPAND PREMIUM PROCESSING, AND HELP GET FASTER WORK PERMITS FOR WORK PERMIT HOLDERS BY THE END OF FISCAL YEAR 2023
USCIS announced that they are going to expedite processing times for the most frequently filed immigration petitions, and by the end of Fiscal Year 2023 they will achieve the posted cycle time goals for each of the below categories. They promise to do their best to make sure each of the below is accomplished as follows:
– I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Work Visas (temporary visas) – Premium processing of 2 weeks.
– I-140 Petition for Immigrant Worker (Green Card through work) – premium processing of 2 weeks.
– I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Work Visas – 2 months for regular processing.
– I-765 for Work Authorizations – 3 months.
– I-131 for Advance Parole travel document – 3 months
– I-539 – Change or Extension of temporary status in US – 3 months
– I-824 Petition to get an approved Immigrant Petition to an embassy – 3 months.
6 MONTHS for the following applications:
– N-400 – Naturalization application
– N-600 – US Citizenship Certificate for kids who get automatic US citizenship when their parent naturalizes
– N-600K – Application for US Citizenship certificate for a child who regularly resides outside the US, based on a U.S. citizen parent.
– I-485 for Green Card applications
– I-140 Immigrant Worker Green Card petition – regular processing
– I-130 Immediate Relative Petition (Parents, Spouses and Kids of US Citizens, Spouses and Kids of Green Card holders)
– I-129F Fiance Visa Petitions
– I-290B – Appeals and Motions to Reopen of denied applications.
– I360 – VAWA petitions, Widow Petitions, Religious worker petitions, Special Juvenile Petitions, and others – I-102 – application to replace a lost proof of nonimmigrant arrival with inspection (I-94 white card)
I-526 – Investor Petition for a Green Card as EB-5 in a special regional center stimulating local economy I-600 – Adoption petition for a child from a non-Hague convention country
I-600A – Adoption petition for a child from a non-Hague Convention country used for approval as a prospective parent (filed in advance of adoption).
I-730 – Petition by a refugee or asylee to unify with spouse and children.
I-800 and I-800A petitions – Adoption petitions for children from Hague-convention countries
I-90 – Application to replace expiring, lost or stolen Green Card I-821D Renewals – Renewal of prior approved DACA status.
USCIS writes: as cycle times improve, processing times will follow, and applicants and petitioners will receive decisions on their cases more quickly. USCIS will increase capacity, improve technology, and expand staffing
Link to this very important announcement here: https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/news-releases/uscis-announces-new-actions-to-reduce-backlogs-expand-premium-processing-and-provide-relief-to-work
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