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Indian students to benefit from US' premium processing of student visas

The move comes after the US State Department announced that F and M categories of student visas can now be issued up to a year in advance.

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced the expansion of premium processing of work authorization for specific categories of overseas students, which is expected to benefit a large number of Indian students seeking to pursue OPT (optional practical training) or higher studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or its extension.

‌‌According to the official statement, the premium processing will commence on March 6 for some categories, and on April 3 for others. Applicants can opt for the facility by submitting Form I-907 online.

‌‌“The availability of premium processing for certain F-1 students, in addition to the ease of online filing, will streamline the immigration experience for a great many international students,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou.

‌‌“The ongoing expansion of online filing is a priority for USCIS as we continue to create operational efficiencies and increase access to the immigration system for stakeholders, applicants, petitioners, requesters, and those we serve,” he added.