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Posted on March 10 2023

USCIS extends processing of work authorization for few F1 study visa candidates

By  Editor
Updated May 25 2023

Highlights: Premium processing for F1 study visa candidates

  • The United States has expanded the premium processing of work authorization for some international students.
  • The students seeking OPT and STEM are eligible for the premium processing.
  • The candidate who applied for OPT extensions and has Form I-765 pending can also request premium processing.
  • USCIS has facilitated the online filing of Form I-907.
  • The premium processing starts on March 6, 2023.

Abstract: The United States has expanded premium processing for work authorization for certain international students.

The USCIS or US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would allow certain F-1 students to apply for premium processing services.

The premium processing will begin on March 6, 2023, and for certain other categories, the processing will begin on April 3, 2023.

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Know more about premium processing for F1 study visa holders

The following international students can request a premium processing upgrade:

  • Have F-1 visa
  • Seeking OPT or Optional Practical Training
  • Students having STEM OPT extensions
  • Students who have a pending Form I-765
  • Application for Employment Authorization

USCIS has facilitated the online filing of Form I-907, which requests premium processing service. The F-1 candidates in the categories mentioned above are eligible.

The latest paper version of the form by mail will also be accepted.

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Why the need for premium processing?

The expansion of premium processing is part of the efforts by USCIS to enhance its efficiency and streamline the immigration system. It is implemented gradually in a step-by-step manner.

The availability of premium processing for specific F-1 students and streamlining the procedure of online filing makes the immigration experience of international students comfortable.

The online-filing procedure for 'Request for Premium Processing Service' is available for F-1 students who have applied for employment authorization.

Mark your calendar for Premium Processing

The premium processing expansion for F-1 students will occur in gradual phases, and the candidates should take note of the dates given below:

From March 6, 2023, USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests for the following categories:

  • Pre-Completion OPT
  • 24-Month Extension of OPT for STEM students
  • Post-Completion OPT

From April 3, 2023, USCIS will be accepting requests for Form I-907 filed along with Form I-765.

Premium Processing of Green Cards

In January 2023, the US authorities expanded the premium processing of a few of the notable categories of green card applicants and a few categories of visas related to the training of international students.

The expansion of the categories is being executed in phases starting with the premium processing of EB-1 and EB-2 applications for Green cards.

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