The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing service for H-1B Cap petitions for Fiscal Year 2019. The suspension is expected to remain in effect until September 10, 2018. Once the suspension is lifted, pending H-1B Cap petitions can be upgraded to premium processing service, if desired. Other H-1B petition types, including petitions to amend or extend H-1B status, or to change employers, are not impacted at this time. The official announcement can be seen here. We will continue to monitor these developments and will post updates as new information becomes available.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced that premium processing has been reinstated for all H-1B cases. As of today, petitioners may file H-1B petitions requesting premium processing and may upgrade currently pending H-1B petitions to premium processing.
Although no official statement has been issued, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced during a call with the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Service Center Operations Liaison Committee that it expects to resume premium processing for all H-1B cases on or before October 3, 2017. We will update this post as soon as USCIS makes an official announcement.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced today the reinstatement of premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2018 cap. USCIS previously reinstated premium processing for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of Conrad 30 waivers recipients and those filed by certain H-1B cap-exempt petitioners.
USCIS expects to resume premium processing as workload permits, but previously announced a target date of October 3, 2017.
Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced the reinstatement of premium processing service for H-1B petitions filed by certain cap-exempt petitioners. In addition to petitioners who seek to employ physicians who are recipients of Conrad 30 waivers, H-1B petitioners who meet the following criteria may now also request premium processing:
- Institutions of higher education;
- Nonprofits related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or
- Nonprofit research or governmental research organizations.
USCIS also announced that premium processing will resume for H-1B petitions that may be exempt, if the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization or entity.
We will update this entry as more information is available.
The USCIS announced on June 23, 2017, that it will reintroduce Premium Processing for H-1B petitions. USCIS suspended this program for all H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017. The reintroduction will be done incrementally, beginning today with H-1Bs filed under the Conrad 30 Waiver program for medical doctors working in underserved areas. As the USCIS evaluates its workload, it will notify stakeholders when other H-1B petitions can be filed under (or, if already pending, upgraded to) Premium Processing. Donald Neufeld, Associate Director, Service Center Operations, advised the attendees at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s annual conference of Friday that 2-3 days of notice will be given for each new incremental restoration. We will update this blog as we learn more information about this process.
Due to the upcoming temporary suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017, USCIS has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of premium processing cases it has received. The Nebraska Service Center, which processes all H-1B extension petitions for non-cap exempt employers containing no changes to the beneficiary’s terms of employment, has announced that it will focus its resources on processing H-1B petitions in accordance with premium processing requirements.