Entries by Jim Arkell

UPDATED: Limited NIW Premium Processing to Begin July 1, 2022

Shortly after posted my initial summary of the USCIS Alert discussed in my previous post below, USCIS issued an Announcement updating the information that was not initially provided with the Alert. Beginning July 1, 2022, USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests ONLY for E21 NIW petitions received on or before June 1, 2021. Basically, unless […]

NIW Premium Processing to Begin July 1, 2022

USCIS issued an alert stating that the agency will begin “phasing in” premium processing for NIW Petitions on July 1, 2022, but only for “certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions requesting E21 national interest waiver (NIW) classification. The alert states “(p)lease see the Form I-140 information below regarding the upgrade schedule and when new petitions […]

USCIS Increases EAD Automatic Extension to 540 Days

USCIS announced on May 3, 2022 that a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) automatically extending EAD validity for renewals from 180 to 540 days was implemented effective tomorrow, May 4, 2022 through extensions filed before October 27, 2023. The TFR states that certain persons who have timely filed an EAD extension will automatically receive a 540 […]

USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs

USCIS announced that it is taking action by implementing new procedures and policies to reduce current backlogs that exist. The agency in an effort to speed up case processing times established new internal cycle time goals. The time goals include 3 months for I-765 and I-131 processing and 6 months for I-485 and I-140 non-premium […]


On March 29, 2022 USCIS at long last announced that premium processing will soon be available for EB-2 National Interest Waiver petitions. Premium processing will be available for both newly filed cases and currently pending cases. The USCIS fee for premium processing is expected to be $2,500.00. USCIS plans to begin a phased implementation for […]

Possible Priority Date Elimination for STEM Ph.D. Holders

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, “The America Competes Act 2022” proposes to exempt persons with a doctorate degree in a STEM field from a qualified United States research institution, or a foreign institution if the degree is equivalent to a U.S. STEM doctorate who are seeking admission to engage in work in […]

New Immigration Policies and Options for Entrepreneurs

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, “The America Competes Act 2022” proposes incentives for nonimmigrant entrepreneurs to start-up businesses in the United States to make the United States more competitive by encouraging some of the best and the brightest to bring their entrepreneurial talent into the country. The bill proposes a “W” visa […]

USCIS Updates Expedite Request Policy

On Monday, January 25, 2022, USCIS issued a Policy Alert updating the requirements to obtain an expedite. USCIS updated its policy guidance to clarify the criteria and circumstances that may warrantexpediting the adjudication of a benefit request as well as explaining how USCIS assesses expedite requests. This update, contained in Volume 1, Chapter 5 of […]

White House Announces Actions to Attract STEM Talent

On January 21, the White House issued a Fact Sheet outlining actions that the U.S. Government is undertaking to attract STEM talent to come to and remain in the United States. Important changes to the different visa types are outlined below: J1 Visas – In support of the recent Joint Statement of Principles in Support […]