USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Visa Petitions

September 18, 2017 Britni Sehgal

USCIS announced today its intention to immediately resume premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. This service is only available for pending petitions, not new submissions since USCIS received enough petitions in April to meet the FY 2018 cap.

Global Immigration Associates, Envoy’s affiliated-law firm, is advising people who may be affected by this to contact their Envoy representative who can assist directly. From there, your attorney will work to add premium processing to your case if pending or, in case of a Request for Evidence (RFE), incorporate premium processing into the RFE response. In addition, even if an RFE response has been submitted and is pending with the CIS, you can upgrade your case to premium processing.

In addition to today’s resumption of premium processing for H-1B visa petitions subject to the FY 2018 cap, USCIS previously resumed premium processing 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 cap. Premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions, such as extensions of stay.

According to USCIS, they plan to “resume premium processing for all other remaining H‑1B petitions not subject to the FY 2018 cap, as agency workloads permit. However, remaining petitioners may submit a request to expedite their application if they meet the specific agency criteria. USCIS reviews all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis, and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership.”

For more information, please contact your Envoy representative directly.

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