The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective June 29, 2009, it will resume Premium Processing Service (PPS) for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (I-140), in accordance with the regulations. Due to the reduction in I-140 backlogs and increased processing efficiency, the USCIS is able to resume PPS for select I-140s. USCIS will accept PPS for I-140s involving EB-1 Aliens with Extraordinary Ability, EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers, EB-2 Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability not seeking a National Interest Waiver, EB-3 Professionals, EB-3 Skilled Workers, and EB-3 Workers other than Skilled Workers and Professionals. PPS continues to be unavailable for I-140s filed on behalf of EB-1 Multinational Executives and Managers and EB-2 Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability seeking a National Interest Waiver.
Under PPS, the USCIS guarantees that payment of a $1,000 processing fee will result in either an approval notice, or where appropriate, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation, within 15 calendar days of receipt. If the petition is not processed within 15 calendar days, the USCIS will refund the $1,000 fee and continue to process the request as part of PPS. Petitioners who participate in the program may use a dedicated phone number and e-mail address to check on the status of their petition or ask any other questions they may have concerning their petition.