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POTUS signs spending measure expanding USCIS premium processing, extending expiring immigration programs

  1. Original Date Announced

    October 1, 2020

    POTUS signs H.R. 8337, funding immigration operations through December 11, 2020 and extending E-Verify, the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the Conrad 30 Program, and the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker permanent residence program through December 11. The legislation also requires USCIS to permanently expand the types of cases eligible for premium processing (including applications for employment authorization and applications to change or extend status for the dependents of H-1B, L-1 and other principal nonimmigrant categories), increases the base premium processing fee from $1,440 to $2,500, and gives DHS the authority to designate other case types for premium service.

    [ID #1076]

    Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act - Enrolled Bill
  2. Effective Date

    October 1, 2020
  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    February 24, 2021

    USCIS Expands Premium Processing Service to E-3 Petitioners

    Under the Biden administration, USCIS announced that E-3 visa petitioners are eligible to use the premium processing service.

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  5. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    March 30, 2022

    2022.03.30 Implementation of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act

    This Biden administration action builds on the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On March 30, 2022, DHS issued a final rule to expand premium processing. USCIS will expand premium processing for Forms I-539 (application to change/extend status), I-765 (application for employment authorization) and I-140 (immigrant petition for alien worker) as soon as feasible. “DHS plans on a phased implementation strategy to allow current premium processing revenue to pay for development and implementation costs associated with expanding availability of the service."

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Current Status

Fully in Effect
February 24, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
March 30, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Legislation
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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