USCIS Expands Premium Processing to I-140 EB1 (EB1-C) and I-140 EB-2 (NIW)

Update Post, July 15, 2022 USCIS expands premium to pending I-140 under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Just like before, this expansion only applies to those requesting EB-1 immigrant classification as a multinational executive or manager (“EB-1C”) as well as those requesting EB-2 immigrant classification as a member of a profession with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a...

Is the New Estimated Case Processing Time Better than Before?

On May 5, 2022, USCIS announced changes to simplify and improve how the agency communicates case processing time data to the public. Users can now immediately find the processing time information for their particular type of case, rather than seeing an aggregate of all related case types. Additional changes include: Adding drop-down options for form categories will help narrow results to only...

USCIS posts alert about “Transfer the Underlying Basis” and creates inflated expectations over EB I-485 applications

Update 06/28/2022 We are now seeing the results of the requests to transfer the underlying basis ("relink"). We started filing the requests in February. Below is a sample. In addition to sending out the written request to relink, our advice is to follow up on that request by calling USCIS and initiating a service inquiry. Client has both I-140 EB2 and I-140 EB3. I-140 485 EB3 Concurrent Filing...

I-140 Processing Time

Update 07/01/2022 Most are opting for premium processing. So not many updates for regular processed I-140s. Here are a few recent samples showing 3 months (EB3) and 8 months (EB2) of total processing time at the Texas Service Center. Current processing time as shown USCIS website is much longer at 16.5 months (EB3) and 13.5 months (EB2): Update 12/06/2021 We have some more sample approvals...

Why Is My Case Taking So Long?

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Anxious About Not Having Received a Receipt Notice? Ask Emma

As USCIS continues to grapple with backlogs and extended processing delays, the issuance of receipt notices has also be impacted with some taking 3 weeks or longer to arrive by mail. Coupled with mail delivery issues at USPS, it has now become a challenge just to get the receipt notice in hand. It is no longer easy or expected to receive the receipt notice within a few short days. Receipt...

I-140 Processing Update

We are starting a post to give everyone a sense of the processing timeframe for I-140 petitions by showing some sample approvals. Below is an I-140 EB2 filed in October 2020 at the TSC. It was approved on 09/09/2021. In August, we received an I-140 EB3 approval on 08/31/2021 which was filed at TSC on 06/03/2021. This was fairly quick which took just under 3 months. On the slow end, we also...

EB1a, Aliens of Extraordinary Ability (2021)

Since March of 2021, visa numbers have been current for Chinese or Indian nationals filing for green card under the employment-based first preference (EB1) category. This means that an applicant may file their green card applications (I-485) concurrently with their I-140 petition instead of waiting 3 to 10 years for visa number availability under second or third preference categories. The...

You may now pay I-140 Premium Processing via Credit Card

On July 20, 2021, The Nebraska Service Center (NSC) will start accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450 for petitioners filing Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, with Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, or when filing Form I-907 to upgrade a pending Form I-140 to premium processing.