USCIS Announces Final Phase of Premium Processing Expansion for Initially Filed EB-1 and EB-2 NIW Form I-140 Petitions and Future Expansion for Students and Exchange Visitors  

USCIS announced last week  it will begin implementing its final phase of premium processing by permitting new (initial) Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, filed under the E13 multinational executive and manager classification (EB1C) or the E21 classification as a member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a national interest waiver (NIW) to be filed with premium processing.   Beginning January 30, 2023, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for:  All initial EB1C multinational executive and manager and E21 NIW petitions; and All pending EB1C multinational executive and manager and E21 NIW petitions.    Moreover, USCIS announced that beginning in March...

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USCIS Announces Temporary Automatic Extension for Eligible EAD Categories

USCIS announced today that effective May 4, 2022, it is temporarily amending existing regulations to increase the automatic extension period when renewing Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) from up to 180 days to up to 540 days. This only applies to those EAD categories currently eligible EAD categories currently eligible for the previous up to 180-day automatic extension of employment authorization.  With this temporary rule, USCIS will provide up to 360 additional days (for a total of up to 540 days) of automatic extension time to eligible applicants with a pending EAD renewal application. This increase will be available to eligible renewal...

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USCIS Issues Policy Guidance to Address Work Authorization Documentation for L and E Dependent Spouses

In a Policy Alert published on March 18, 2022, USCIS confirmed that following its November 2021 announcement that E and L dependent spouses are now work authorized incident to valid status, USCIS will begin making system modifications to reflect new Class of Admission (COA) codes to distinguish between E and L spouses and children. As of January 30, 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began issuing Form I-94 with the following codes for E and L spouses: E-1S, E-2S, E-3S, and L-2S. An unexpired Form I-94 that reflects one of these new COA codes for E and L spouses is...

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E and L Dependent – New Class of Admission Code

GIP Employer Alert – E and L Derivative Status Admission Codes Updates   This past November, as part of an earlier settlement agreement, the USCIS agreed to make work authorization incidental to L or E dependent status. As such, these dependent spouse categories are no longer required to apply for employment authorization separately. It has just been confirmed that as of January 31st, 2022, CBP will issue I-94s to L and E spouses upon entry into the US that will reflect updated Class of Admission (COA) codes. For I-9 purposes, I-94s with the new COA code can be used in lieu of the...

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