U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for H-1B extension petitions. This means that Premium Processing is again available for all H-1B petitions.
Premium Processing was suspended in April 2017, shortly after the cut-off date for H-1B cap filings. Premium Processing guarantees that the government will take action on a case with 15 days of filing, for an extra $1225 filing fee. The action is not necessarily an approval; it could be a Request for Additional Evidence (RFE). An RFE stops the 15-day PP clock until CIS receives a response to the Request.
For more information, see previous blog posts.
USCIS Press Release
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.