The USCIS recently announced that it was continuing indefinitely the suspension of the premium processing program for Immigrant Petitions for Alien Worker (Form I-140). The USCIS stated that based upon current workloads, it did not believe that it could meet the 15-calendar day adjudication requirement in the premium processing program for Forms I-140 at this time. It is assumed that the USCIS made this announcement due to the fact that it anticipated receiving hundreds of thousands of adjustment of status applications, many which were concurrently filed with Forms I-140. It is also assumed that this suspension will continue at least for the next few months until the USCIS receipts all of the adjustment of status applications, processes a significant portion of the ancillary benefits requests (i.e. employment authorization documents and advance parole documents), and reduces its current processing time for Forms I-140 to under six months. At the present time, the USCIS Nebraska Service Center is currently taking approximately nine months to review Forms I-140. This suspension will most negatively impact foreign nationals who need a Form I-140 approved in order to obtain a three-year extension beyond their six-year maximum period of stay in H-1B classification.

Additional information about the suspension of the premium processing program for Forms I-140 will be contained in future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.