US visa: Biden govt issues details for quicker visas process!
Biden administration has announced plans to enlarge the premium processing of some types of visas, essentially related to the training of foreign students and some of the important categories of green card applicants.
As per USCIS, the premium processing offers speed up of processing for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker and Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for a fee.
“We recommend expanding premium processing services, giving applicants the option to pay between $2,500 to expedite their applications," the USCIS said.
The Biden government told the media that the expansion would be carried out in phases starting with the premium processing of EB-1 and EB-2 applications for Green cards.
“In March, we will expand premium processing to certain F-1 students seeking OPT (Optional Practical Training) and F-1 students seeking STEM OPT extensions who have a pending Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization," USCIS said.
“In April, we will expand premium processing to F-1 students seeking OPT and F-1 students seeking STEM OPT extensions who are filing an initial Form I-765," it added.
As per News agency, USCIS has taken these decisions on the basis of recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Commission on AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders), made last year by one of its Indian American members, Ajay Jain Bhutoria.