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July 2023
Immigration News Briefs

Premium processing available for F, M, or J applicants

On June 12, USCIS announced the expansion of premium processing for applicants filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and seeking a change of status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status. Online filing of Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, will also be available for these applicants.

The premium processing expansion for certain Form I-539 applicants will occur in phases, and nonimmigrants requesting premium processing should not file before these dates:

This phase of premium processing service is only available for change of status requests. Premium processing is not available for individuals seeking an extension of stay in M-1 or M-2 status. USCIS currently lists $1750 as the fee for premium service. This is in addition to the base fee. Applicants must submit their biometrics before premium processing can begin for these specific categories. Even if USCIS accepts an applicant’s Form I-907 and accompanying fees, the time limit for premium processing will not start running until the applicant and all co-applicants included on the Form I-539 submit their biometrics.

Policy guidance for EADS in compelling circumstances

This temporary employment authorization may be provided to certain nonimmigrants who are the beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and their qualifying spouse and children, and who are caught in the continually expanding backlogs for immigrant visas and face compelling circumstances. This stopgap measure is intended to address certain particularly difficult situations, including those that previously may have forced individuals on the path to lawful permanent residence to abruptly stop working and leave the United States.

USCIS may grant employment authorization and issue an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) in these two categories for up to one year if we determine that there are compelling circumstances that justify issuing employment authorization.

 

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR ​ ​JULY 2023

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

15Dec14

15Dec14

2A

08Sep20

08Sep20

2B

22Sep15

22Sep15

3rd

​​​22Dec08

22Dec08

4th

​15Sep05

22Apr07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

 01F​eb22

Current

2nd

 01J​an11

15Feb22

3rd

​​​​ 01​Jan09

01Feb22

Other

 01​Jan09

0​1J​an20

4th

 01​Sep​18

01​Sep​18

5th

 01​Apr1​7

Current1B

 

 

DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - ​​JULY 2023

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01​Sep17

01​Sep17

2A

Current

Current

2B

​​01​Jan17

​​01​Jan17

3rd

​​0​1Mar10

​​0​1Mar10

4th

22F​eb06

01​​Mar08

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jun22

Current

2nd

01M​ay12 

01D​ec22

3rd

01Aug12 

01M​ay23

Other

01​Aug12 

01F​eb20

4th

01O​ct18

01O​ct18

5th

08D​ec19

Current1B


Visa Bulletin for ​​​​​​July 2023 is available on our website. Please go to http://www.khabar.com/magazine/ immigration/ 


 

Current

 

​​​08Dec08

​​08F​eb10


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