Good news for F, M, J visa holders!

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expanding premium processing for Form I-539 (Application for Extension/Change of Nonimmigrant Status) applicants seeking a change of status.

What is premium processing?

Premium processing speeds up the process for certain forms. With expedited processing, USCIS guarantees to process or refund the expedited processing fee within 15, 30, or 45 days. For Form I-539, this is 30 days. The fee is $1,750

With this innovation;

"F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, J-2"

Those who have applied for a change of status for their non-migrant status will also be able to apply for expedited processing.

Starting June 13, applications for expedited processing will be accepted from individuals with pending Form I-539 applications.

Starting June 26, a request for expedited processing can be submitted with Form I-539.

Attention: Expedited processing at this stage is only available for change of status requests. Extensions in M-1 and M-2 status are not included in this facility.

An application for expedited processing with Form I-907 must be filed in the same format as Form I-539. That is, if you submitted your Form I-539 on paper, you should submit your Form I-907 in the same format, and if you filed your Form I-539 online, you should file your expedited processing application online.

Even if USCIS accepts an applicant's Form I-907 and accompanying fees, the time limit for expedited processing will not begin to run until the applicant submits biometric data. Biometric data should be submitted with the application.

USCIS may deny your application in its entirety if more than one Form I-907 request is submitted or if another request for relief is filed with the expedited processing.

Source: USCIS

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