A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final rule that would expand premium processing to include additional case types has cleared the Office of Management and Budget, putting it closer to publication and implementation.
The regulation implements Congress’s October 2020 legislation directing USCIS to expand premium processing service to a number of additional case types, including for applications for employment authorization (Form I-765) and nonimmigrant changes of status and extensions of stay for certain dependent family members (Form I-539).
The specific contents of the final rule – including the case types eligible for premium processing, processing timelines, and corresponding fees and implementation dates – are not yet known, but implementation of the expansion is expected to be gradual and take place over several months or more.
The rule will soon be published in the Federal Register. An advance copy of the rule should be released just prior to publication, which will set forth the details of the expansion.