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

  1. Date Announced

    Oct. 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.

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Oct. 1, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    October 16, 2020

    On October 16, 2020, USCIS announced that the premium processing fee increases required by the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act would take effect on October 19, 2020. The Act, which President Trump signed into law on October 1, 2020, increases the premium processing fee from $1,440 to $2,500 for all filings except those from petitioners requesting H-2B or R-1 nonimmigrant status, for whom the fee increases from $1,440 to $1,500. The Act also allows USCIS to expand premium processing to additional forms and benefit requests, but according to the announcement, USCIS is not yet taking that action.

    Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020
  4. Subsequent Action

    December 11, 2020

    On December 11, 2020, President Trump signed into law H.R.8900, Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act, funding the federal government and extending the E-Verify, the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the Conrad 30 Program, and the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker permanent residence program until December 18, 2020.

    H.R.8900 - Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act
  5. Subsequent Action

    February 24, 2021

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

    USCIS Expands Premium Processing Service to E-3 Petitioners

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