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UNITED STATES – Premium Processing Resumes for all H-1B Petitions

, 04/10/2017

On 3 October 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had resumed Premium Processing for all types of H-1B Petitions.

Background

USCIS suspended Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions starting 3 April 2017, to reduce overall H-1B processing times.

Previously, USCIS resumed Premium Processing for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers and for certain H-1B petitions that are not subject to the H-1B cap, and for H-1B Petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 H-1B cap.?

What is Premium Processing?

The premium processing service permits employers to request USCIS to adjudicate H-1B petitions within 15 calendar days by submitting Form I-907, a Request for Premium Processing Service and an additional filing fee of $1225.

Action Items

Employers intending to apply for H-1B status for their employees should consult a US immigration specialist for advice on Premium Processing.