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 may be filed requesting premium processing.” Despite this statement that additional information is available a close examination failed to turn up any additional information. It is hoped that additional information regarding how NIW premium processing will be phased in will be posted soon. USCIS is phasing in premium processing starting June 1, 2022 for “previously filed Form I-140 petitions requesting E13 classification for multinational executives and managers,” and “additional” E13 classified I-140 petitions will be eligible for premium processing starting on July 1, 20222. It is assumed that by “additional”, USCIS means new petitions will be eligible for premium processing on July 1, 2022.
It appears that USCIS is phasing in premium processing for NIW petitions and that it will be longer than first hoped before newly filed NIW petitions will be eligible for premium processing. Once more information is available and there is more clarity as to the implementation of premium processing for NIW petitions we will provide an update.