On March 20, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary H-1B premium processing suspension for all Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap-subject H-1B visa petitions.
According to the agency’s announcement, USCIS is implementing the suspension to process long-pending petitions, which they have yet been unable to process and to prioritize the adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240-day mark.
The USCIS email also noted that the H-1B premium processing suspension is expected to last until Monday, September 10, 2018. Employers are then able to file a premium processing upgrade for their employee’s cap-subject petition.
What does the H-1B premium processing suspension mean for me and my foreign national employees?
On Monday, April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting cap-subject H-1B visa petitions; however, the agency is temporarily suspending premium processing for all cap-subject cases including those seeking exemptions for individuals with U.S. master’s degrees or higher. The suspension does not impact H-1B visa petitions that are not subject to the FY 2019 cap.
Envoy customers expecting to file cap-subject H-1B petitions for premium processing
During this temporary suspension, USCIS will reject any Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, filed with FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Therefore, we cannot fulfill your request to file any cap-subject H-1B cases for premium processing.
If you already paid to have premium processing added to FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B case(s), your Envoy Client Manager and/or Account Executive will reach out to you to assist you with a refund or credit.
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