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

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.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.