In a recent announcement in June 2023, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken a significant step towards streamlining the immigration process for individuals seeking to change their status to F, M, or J nonimmigrant status.
This exciting news brings hope to countless individuals aspiring to pursue their educational and professional dreams in the United States. With the expansion of premium processing for Form I-539 applications, applicants can now navigate the immigration process more efficiently, reducing the waiting time and providing a smoother transition into their desired status.
Eligibility and Exceptions
While premium processing is now available for Form I-539 applicants seeking a change of status to F, M, or J nonimmigrant status, it is not applicable for individuals seeking an extension of stay in M-1 or M-2 status.
Submitting the Applications
To take advantage of the premium processing service, applicants must ensure that both Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service and Form I-539 are submitted simultaneously. Whether filing online or in paper form, consistency is key. Both forms must be submitted using the same method (online or paper).
Creating a USCIS online account is a prerequisite for those opting to file online. The online platform offers a range of benefits, making it easier for applicants to navigate the immigration process. In addition to submitting forms and paying fees online, the platform allows applicants to track the status of their requests conveniently. It also facilitates secure communication through an inbox feature and provides a platform for online Request for Evidence responses.
The applicant and any co-applicants listed on Form I-539 must complete their biometrics appointments before the premium processing time limit begins. Fulfilling this requirement timely is crucial to ensure the application's smooth processing and reap the full benefits of premium processing.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Firm
At Verma Law Firm, we remain dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support and guidance to individuals navigating the complexities of immigration law in San Jose. We welcome this expansion of premium processing for change of status applications and stand ready to assist clients in leveraging these advancements to their fullest potential.
If you need legal advice for your situation, contact us at (408) 560-4622.