In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the I-140 Premium Process and what you need to know if you’re considering using this option.
What is the I-140 Premium Process?
The I-140 Premium Process is an expedited processing option that allows applicants to have their application processed within 15 calendar days, as opposed to the standard processing time, which can take several months. To use this option, applicants must submit an additional fee of $2,500 along with their I-140 petition.
Who is Eligible?
Not all I-140 applicants are eligible for this process.
Here are some important things to keep in mind:
This is only available for certain types of employment-based immigrant visas, including the EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 categories.
I-140 petitions filed under the regular processing timeline may find this process available for them. You can not switch to the regular timeline from the Premium Process and vice versa.
USCIS may need additional information or documentation to process your application. This will cause the 15-day clock to stop until they receive the requested information.
What are the Pros and Cons?
There are both advantages and disadvantages to using the I-140 Premium Process. Here are some of the key considerations:
Faster processing time:
The Premium Process can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to receive a decision on your application.
Expedited work authorization:
Approval of the I-140 through this Process allows you to apply for an expedited Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Allowing you to work while you wait for your green card to be processed.
Additional cost: The $2,500 fee for the Premium Process can be a significant expense, especially for individuals or employers who are already facing other immigration-related expenses.
No guarantee of approval:
If USCIS needs additional information or documentation to process your application, the clock may stop until they receive the requested information.
In conclusion, the I-140 Premium Process can be a useful tool for certain individuals and employers who are looking to expedite the processing of their employment-based immigrant visa applications. However, it’s important to carefully consider the pros and cons of this option before making a decision. If you’re unsure about whether this process is right for you, it may be helpful to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can provide guidance and advice.