In a bid to enhance efficiency and reduce costs associated with the processing of immigration forms, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a significant change in the filing location for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, when filed for a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. As a leading immigration law firm based in Atlanta, Garvish Immigration Law Group is here to guide you through this transition, ensuring a seamless experience for our clients.
Efficiency Through Transition:
Commencing on December 15, 2023, USCIS will begin the second phase of its transition by relocating the filing location for Form I-907 when filed for a pending Form I-140 from the service centers to the appropriate USCIS lockboxes. This move is part of USCIS’s broader strategy to increase efficiency by minimizing its footprint at service centers and facilitating the centralization of digitization for downstream electronic adjudication.
Understanding the Phases:
This relocation of filing locations is the second of three phases in USCIS’s comprehensive plan. The first phase, effective November 13, 2023, involved changing the filing location for Form I-907 filed together with Form I-140 from the service centers to the USCIS lockbox. The final phase will be announced soon, affecting the filing location for associated applications filed concurrently with Form I-140.
Exceptions to the Rule:
It’s essential to note that this change in filing location does not apply if you are filing Form I-140 concurrently with an associated application, such as Form I-485, I-765, or Form I-131. USCIS will soon announce a filing location change for these forms. Until then, these forms should continue to be filed with the service centers, as indicated on the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker page.
Key Dates and Addresses:
Starting December 15, 2023, filers are advised to use the new addresses when mailing Form I-907 to USCIS for a currently pending Form I-140. USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed for a pending Form I-140 received at the previous service center address on or after January 14, 2024.
Tips for Filers:
To avoid processing delays, the Garvish Immigration Law Group urges filers to adhere to USCIS guidance on the submission of documents. Following the Tips for Filing Forms by Mail can significantly contribute to a smoother processing experience.
As USCIS continues to modernize its processes, the Garvish Immigration Law Group remains dedicated to keeping our clients informed and ensuring a hassle-free immigration journey. We understand the importance of staying up-to-date with these changes and are here to provide expert guidance through every step of the immigration process. By embracing these transitions, we look forward to a future where efficiency and accessibility define the landscape of U.S. immigration services.