U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has unexpectedly announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions starting on May 26, 2015. The suspension will continue through July 27, 2015. During this time frame, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an extension of H-1B status. The announcement only applies to extension requests.
Any Premium Processing requests filed before May 26 will be honored, although the announcement continues to state that USCIS will refund the premium processing fee if:
This temporary suspension will apparently allow USCIS to implement the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses final rule in a timely manner and adjudicate applications for employment authorization filed by H-4 nonimmigrants under the new regulations.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the new announcement.
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.