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USCIS EXTENDS PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR F-1 STUDENT WORK AUTHORIZATION APPLICATIONS


On March 2, 2023, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will extend premium processing for work authorization applications for some students on F-1 visas. This extension allows universities and colleges to request faster processing of applications to obtain work authorization for their F-1 students.


WHAT IS PREMIUM PROCESSING?


Premium processing is an optional service offered by the USCIS to expedite the processing of certain applications, including some work authorization applications. With premium processing, the USCIS guarantees a response within 15 calendar days, instead of the standard processing time of several months.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PREMIUM PROCESSING?


Not all work authorization applications are eligible for premium processing. However, the USCIS has extended this service to certain F-1 students who are experiencing severe financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond their control.

These students must be currently enrolled in a full-time program of study and must have already been authorized to participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Additionally, they must be seeking employment due to severe economic necessity caused by circumstances beyond their control, such as natural disasters or a sudden change in financial support.


HOW DOES THE EXTENSION HELP F-1 STUDENTS?


The extension of premium processing for work authorization applications is a welcome relief for F-1 students who are facing financial hardship. They can now request faster processing of their employment authorization applications, which will allow them to obtain employment sooner and alleviate their economic struggles.

Additionally, universities and colleges can now request premium processing for their eligible F-1 students, which will make it easier for them to assist their students in obtaining employment authorization.


CONCLUSION


The USCIS's extension of premium processing for work authorization applications for some F-1 students is a positive development in the field of immigration law. It provides much-needed relief to students who are facing financial hardship and need to work to support themselves. With premium processing, these students can obtain their employment authorization faster and start working sooner.

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