Currently, premium processing of I-140 petitions is only available for I-140 beneficiaries who are within 60 days of reaching six years of time spent in the United States in H-1B status, which is the maximum timed allowed. Premium processing is allowed in this situation because in certain instances, people with an approved I-140 are eligible to extend their H-1B status beyond the six-year maximum. It was originally assumed that the term "6th year" could be read to mean "last year" in H-1B time and could be used even if the H-1B worker had already extended status beyond the six-year maximum. However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that it will be taking the term "6th year" literally. Therefore, if the beneficiary is in the 7th or 8th year of H-1B time, premium processing requests for I-140s may not be accepted. The American Immigration Lawyers Association is working with USCIS to change this rule so that premium processing of I-140s is available to people who have already extended their H-1B beyond the six-year maximum period.