USCIS Announces Premium Processing For International Students: All You Need To Know!

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by Shreya Ghosh

The United States made an announcement for the expansion of premium processing for international students in several categories. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services released a statement on Monday where they mentioned this premium processing for work authorisation. This new expansion will be a major help for so many Indian students who are studying in the US in the STEM field. Here’s all you need to know about premium processing.

What Is The Extension Of Premium Processing For Work Authorisation Of International Students All About?

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This expansion of premium processing is for those foreign students who are a part of the huge STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field or something of its extension in the United States. It is for the applications who are looking for Optional Practical Training among these international students. Also, according to the official statement, this works for F-1 students of STEM with a pending Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and may request a premium processing upgrade.

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USCIS has already started accepting Form I-907 requests for F-1 students from 6 March 2023. These students need to be with a pending Form I-765, an application for employment authorisation, whether they are filing before completion of OPT or after OPT or with 1 extension of 2 years of OPT.

USCIS is also all set to commence accepting Form I-907 requests from 3 April 2023. The categories for this process are the F-1 students whether doing online filing or on paper and also filing along with the Form I-765.

USCIS To Reject All the Requests If International Students Do Not Follow All These Steps

There are a set of rules that the students need to follow while working on their premium processing requests. If they do not follow accordingly and only within the mentioned dates, the USCIS will be dismissing these requests. If they find any pending Form I-765 before 6 March, they will reject those requests. Also, if they get any initial or concurrently filed Form I-765 for premium processing before April 3, they will also dismiss the request.

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