The United States has announced the extension of its “premium processing” service to include candidates for an Employment Authorization Document. In a bid to ease its multi-million case immigration backlog and expedite your work permit.
The Employment Authorization Document allows recipients to work in the U.S. while they seek asylum or another legal status.
Around 2 million individuals apply for new or renewed work permits every year, as per USCIS information. The process typically takes five to seven months.
Move to cut a 9.5 million-case backlog and expedite your work permit
Under the new rule, people looking for work permits can pay $1,500 to have their applications considered in 30 days or less. The premium fee ranges up to $2,500 for applications for different sorts of employment-related adjustments in legal status.
The USCIS manages requests for work permits, asylum, green cards, U.S. citizenship, and other immigration benefits. Including the temporary H-1B program for highly skilled foreign workers.
The immigration agency has been struggling with backlogs, which were exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. As of February, USCIS was reviewing more than 9.5 million forthcoming applications. A 66% increase from the end of the fiscal year 2019, as per agency data.