Delays in Regular Processing for O and P Petitions

Immigration Practitioners have been advised that O and P petitions are currently taking longer to be processed than the posted processing time frames. Although USCIS posts that the regular processing time for O and P petitions is two weeks, in practice, regular processing at both VSC and CSC Service Centers is currently taking approximately eight to ten weeks, not including additional processing time if an RFE is issued. The solution to this, if the beneficiary's services are needed promptly, is to file under premium processing and paying the $1,225 premium processing filing fee so as to obtain a response by USCIS within 15 days. Note that to avoid the need for premium processing, you may file an O or P petition up to one year before the actual need for the beneficiary's services.
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