||So much is happening as usual on the immigration rule change front that it is getting harder and harder for immigrants to keep up. Here are two you should know:
1: Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers
The USCIS says it is implementing premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications.
The EB-1 visa is an employment-based green card available to foreign nationals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field, whether the sciences, the arts, education, business, or athletics.
EB-2 visas are available to professionals holding advanced university degrees and persons of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business. The law allows foreign nationals to obtain a U.S. immigrant visa and green card through employment if they qualify under one of five preference categories.
This expansion of premium processing applies only to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational executive and manager classification or E21 classification as a member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a National Interest Waiver (NIW). Petitioners who wish to request a premium processing upgrade must file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service.
2: New forms for EB-5 Investment Visa
USCIS has released two new forms under the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022. The new forms are: Form I-956F, Application for Approval of an Investment in a Commercial Enterprise and Form I-956G, Regional Center Annual Statement. This relates to the Immigrant Investor Program that allows qualified foreign investors who meet specific capital investment and job creation requirements, to obtain their permanent residency and become proud contributors to the U.S.
Form I-956F is required by statute for regional centers to apply for approval of each particular investment offering through an associated new commercial enterprise. The filing fee is $17,795 for Form I-956F and $3,035 for Form I-956G.
3: E-21 petitions
As of July 1, 2022, USCIS began accepting Form I-907 requests for E21 NIW petitions received on or before June 1, 2021, and E13 multinational executive and manager petitions received on or before March 1, 2021. This applies to Members of the Professions holding an Advanced Degree or having an Exceptional Ability. The agency will now reject the older 09/30/20 edition of Form I-907.
The writer is publisher of NewsAmericasNow.com – The Black Immigrant Daily News.