We hope that you had a wonderful summer! We spent the hot summer days hiking, cycling, running and swimming. We attended local farmers markets, picked local blueberries, strawberries, peaches, raspberries, and apples with our families, and attended family reunions and BBQs! We hope that you all took some time off to rest, and enjoy your families and friends. We have some great updates for you in this newsletter, and look forward to keeping in touch with you!
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Good News: National Interest Waiver Cases and Work Authorization Cards Record Approvals!
As a sign that US Immigration is speeding up their processing times, and getting their staff back into the office, we are seeing record fast approvals for newly filed cases at the Texas Service Center. I-140 NIW cases that we filed in June 2022 are getting approved this month. These same clients are also getting their work authorization EAD card approvals in 3 months. We are so happy to see this faster processing, and look forward to helping as many people apply for their green card to free themselves from the arduous US visa process.
Please feel free to share this good news with your contacts and encourage them to take our free green card evaluation!
USCIS Premium Processing Update
We were hoping that premium processing, the ability to have your case reviewed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services within 15-45 days, would be extended to new I-140 NIW cases by the end of 2022, but unfortunately this is not the case. USCIS is slowly phasing it in. Beginning September 15, 2022, USCIS started accepting Form I-907 premium processing requests for:
- E21 NIW petitions received on or before February 1, 2022.
- E13 multinational executive and manager petitions received on or before January 1, 2022.
USCIS will reject premium processing requests for Form I-140 if the receipt date is after these dates. USCIS will take 45 days to take an adjudicative action on cases that request premium processing for these newly included Form I-140 classifications. Please note that USCIS will not accept new (initial) Forms I-140 with a premium processing request at this time.
On May 24, 2022, USCIS published a new version of Form I-907, dated May 31, 2022. As of July 1, 2022, they will no longer accept the Form I-907 edition older than September 30, 2020.
As previously announced, USCIS expanded premium processing to additional form types as part of their efforts to increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall immigration system. As they implement the expansion of premium processing in a phased approach, they will continue working toward premium processing availability of additional Form I-140 petitions, Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Casseus Law will keep you posted on new developments.
Casseus Law has Maintained Our NIW and EB-1B 100% Approval
Casseus Law is proud to report EB-1B approvals even for people with no citations or publications. We are seeing more requests for evidence for both NIW and EB-1B cases, but after careful preparation, we are getting case approvals. EB-1B is current for all nationalities including China and India worldwide starting October 1, 2022. Casseus Law helps clients and employers through the EB-1B Outstanding Professor or Researcher Green Card process.
Benefits of the EB-1B
- Can be premium processed. With an extra payment to USCIS of $2,500, you can get a case approval in as little as 15 days.
- Nationals from India and China can apply for a green card, work authorization, and travel authorization concurrently with their I-140 petition.
- Does not require thousands of citations or even proof that other people in your field have adopted your work, unlike the EB-1A.
- We have successfully obtained EB-1B approvals for researchers both in academia and industry. We are happy to help you speak with your company or university to help you obtain your green card through the EB-1B category.
Green Card Highlight: Have an Approved I-130 or I-140 and your Priority Date is Current to Adjust your Status in the US?
Casseus Law can help you or your friends with a standalone green card application. We draft all of your immigration forms for you including the I-485, I-765 (work authorization EAD) and I-131 (travel authorization) along with your supporting documents. We suggest that all green card applications be filed with a medical exam. Please feel free to email us directly if you are interested in this service.