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This month, Williams Global Law attorney, Simone Williams received prompt approval of an I-140 employment-based immigrant petition for her client, a foreign executive, who established a business in the U.S. USCIS approved the case in 40 days without issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE)! ' The I-140 immigrant petition was filed at the "premium processing" office of USCIS. The client paid $2,500 for their case to be reviewed on an expedited basis, which means the case is processed within 45 days. Typically USCIS highly scrutinizes I-140 petitions filed at the premium processing office, and issues a Request for Evidence (RFE) to further evaluate and process these applications. However, the I-140 petition was approved and processed in 40 days without the issuance of an RFE, which typically happens.

Form I-140 is an immigration petition to gain employment and be eligible for permanent residency in the United States. Once the I-140 is approved, the applicant is eligible for permanent residency and can receive a "green card". As such, once the applicant gains approval for Form I-140, he/she must also file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to finalize permanent residency. Form I-140 must be completed and approved before an applicant may file Form I-485. Filing Form I-140 and Form I-485 Concurrently In some cases, if the applicant is already in the U.S., and depending on his/her country’s visa availability, the applicant may be able to file Form I-140 and Form I-485 together. Who Can Apply for an I-140 Form? Form I-140 is an employment-based authorization form. It can help an eligible person petition to become a permanent resident under one of three employment-based immigration categories:

  1. EB-1: Employment-based immigration for permanent workers of extraordinary ability/outstanding professor/multinational executive.

  2. EB-2: Employment-based immigration for an advanced degree or exceptional ability or for individuals who will substantially benefit prospectively the national economy, cultural or educational interests, or welfare of the United States.

  3. EB-3: Employment-based immigration for skilled workers, professionals, and other workers

Williams Global Law has a particular depth of experience with employment-based immigrant visa cases. If you would like experienced immigration counsel on this route to U.S. permanent residency, please schedule a consultation today with one of our immigration attorneys at

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