US House clears bill to raise premium processing fees.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which depends on revenue from visa fees, was to furlough employees at the end of August as it was running out of funds. On August 30, 2020, USCIS is scheduled to furlough 13,355 (or 67%) of its 19,881 employees.
On August 22,2020, House of Representatives passed H.R. 8089, the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act, to temporarily prevent the need for furloughs by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by immediately increasing the agency’s premium processing revenues.
The premium fee is increased from $1,440 to $2,500
Premium processing services must be made available to the following additional immigration benefits, with fees and timeframes set through rule making:
employment-based nonimmigrant petitions not already subject to premium processing;
certain employment-based green card petitions (EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3) not already subject to premium processing;
applications to change or extend nonimmigrant status(H4, L2);
applications for employment authorization(H4 EAD, L2 EAD); and
other immigration benefit requests as USCIS deems appropriate.
On August 25, 2020, USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce!
Official! Applicants can now work on EAD Approval Notice Alone. Great news for those with approval notices and no cards yet.