USCIS Continues Suspension of Premium Processing for R-1 Religious WorkersPosted by Murali Bashyam on Jul 13, 2008 in News, Other, Religious Workers | 0 comments
The United States CitizenshipThe country in which a person is born (and has not renounced or lost citizenship) or naturalized and to which that person owes allegiance and by which he or she is entitled to be protected. and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today that the suspension of premium processing for nonimmigrantAn alien who seeks temporary entry to the United States for a specific purpose. The alien must have a permanent residence abroad (for most classes of admission) and qualify for the nonimmigrant classification sought. The nonimmigrant classifications include: foreign government officials, visitors for business and for pleasure, aliens in transit through the United States, treaty traders and investors, students, international representatives, temporary workers and trainees, representatives of foreign information media, exchange visitors, fiance(e)s of U.S. citizens, intracompany transferees, NATO officials, religious workers, and some others. Most nonimmigrants can be accompanied or joined by spouses and unmarried minor (or dependent) children. religious worker (R-1) cases will continue at least until January 7, 2009. The original suspension of premium processing for these cases was announced on January 4, 2008.
Premium processing is a faster processing service for certain types of cases. By paying an additional $1000 to the Immigration Service, applicants can get their cases processed within 15 days. USCIS originally suspended premium processing for religious worker cases since it could no longer guarantee a 15 day turnaround as a result of extensive background checks and the time it takes to process them.
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