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Premium Processing Available to Certain F-1 Students

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Earlier this month, USCIS announced Premium Processing Services (PPS) available for F-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) OPT extensions with a pending Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. 

The Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service can be filed online or in paper form through the mail. This expansion of PPS has two phases

  1. Since March 6th, pending I-765s filed by F-1 Students have the option of filing an I-907 if they are filing for Pre-Completion OPT (category (c)(3)(A)), Post-Completion OPT (category (c)(3)(B)), or 24-Month Extension of STEM OPT (category (c)(3)(C)); and
  2. Beginning April 3, USCIS will accept Premium Processing filings when filed together with Form I-765 for F-1 students applying in the above categories. 

Overall, USCIS is encouraging online filing of forms. With the addition of the I-907, for Premium Processing there currently are 16 forms available for online filing. If you or your employing company is looking to properly speed up the OPT filing process, please reach out to my office at 630-262-1435 or email me at