I-140 Premium Processing to be resumed for individuals running out of time on H-1B status

The American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA)  reports that beginning July 16, 2008, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will resume premium processing for I-140 petitions in limited circumstances. Premium processing should be available for those beneficiaries whose six year H-1B status will expire within 60 days of filing the premium processing request so that they can utilize the approved I-140 petition to become eligible for additional time on H-1B status. The I-140 petition process is the second phase of most employment-based immigration proceedings. An official notice has not yet been issued by USCIS.

This is definitely positive news for individuals who will be running out of time on H-1B status.

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