On September 18, 2017, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed Premium Processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year year (FY) 2018 cap. Premium Processing (PP) was suspended in April 2017.
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. This stops the PP clock until CIS receives a response to the Request.
USCIS previously resumed Premium Processing of H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers and for some 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.
For more information, contact Elaine Martin, immigration lawyer.
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.