USCIS has recently made an exciting announcement. Beginning June 13, 2023, the USCIS is expanding its premium processing services to include applicants filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. This change is especially pertinent for individuals seeking to change their status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status.
The rollout for this expanded service won't happen all at once. Instead, the USCIS will
introduce it in phases. The first phase will start on June 13, during which USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, via paper form or online. This applies to those who have a pending Form I-539 and are looking to alter their status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2. The second phase, commencing June 26, allows for Form I-907 requests to be submitted concurrently with Form I-539. However, please note that the premium processing service will be strictly limited to change of status requests. Those seeking an extension of stay in M-1 or M-2 status will not be eligible for premium processing.
The processing timeline will only begin once the applicant and all co-applicants listed on Form I-539 have submitted their biometrics.
This expansion of premium processing represents a significant step forward in making the immigration process more accessible and efficient.