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ALERT – USCIS Expands Premium Processing to Certain OPT and STEM OPT Extensions

Posted by Emilie (Ronald) Gough | Mar 07, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS announced that it is expanding its Premium Processing option to include certain F-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT extensions. Applications using Premium Processing will have action taken on the case within 30 calendar days. The filing fee for OPT and STEM OPT applicants is $1500. 

Beginning March 6, 2023, F-1 students with a pending Form I-765 to request an OPT or STEM OPT extension may request a Premium Processing upgrade. Eligible categories include: 

  • (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT
  • (c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT
  • (c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of OPT for STEM students

To upgrade to Premium Processing, eligible applicants should complete and submit a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service by mail or through the USCIS e-filing website

Beginning April 3, 2023, F-1 students in the eligible categories seeking an extension of their OPT and STEM OPT work authorization will be able to file Form I-907 at the same time they file the Form I-765. 

Contact our office today for any questions regarding Premium Processing options for OPT/STEM OPT extensions. 

About the Author

Emilie (Ronald) Gough

Emilie E. Ronald is an Associate Attorney. She first joined the Law Offices of James D. Eiss in 2018 as a Law Clerk during her second year of law school. She was admitted as an attorney in the state of New York in January 2020. Emilie primarily focuses on TNs, L-1s, E-1s, E-2s, O-1s, and R-1s. Sh...


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