Did you know that USCIS used to extend courtesy premium processing for the extension of status applications of dependents and applications for Employment Authorization Document concurrently filed with Form I-129? During the Trump administration, USCIS stopped extending courtesy premium processing for the applications of the dependents and this resulted in lengthy processing delays. Since January 25, 2023, USCIS resumed its practice of adjudicating L-2 applications for requests to extend status at the same time as the principal’s Form I-129 petition. This is based on a settlement agreement in Edakunni v. Mayorkas, a case pending in federal district court in Washington State. The change will be in effect for two years after the date of the settlement.
Verdie J. Atienza is a Senior Attorney in charge of the firm’s L-1 and E-2 visa practice. He is a dual qualified lawyer in New York and in the Philippines and is qualified to practice immigration law in any state in the United States.