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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

The H-1B program allows US companies to hire foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge.

Each year, USCIS sets a cap of the number of H-1B petitions it will grant. Until now, for certain H-1B petitioners, USCIS had an option where applicants could request “premium processing” by submitting a fee and a Form I-907. When a petitioner request premium processing, USCIS guarantees a 15 calendar day processing time.

Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will be suspending this option for H-1B petitions that are subject to the 2019 cap. The suspension is expected to last until September 10, 2018. USCIS will reject an H-1B petition if it also includes a request for premium processing (Form I-907) and one combined check for the fees.

USCIS’s reason for the suspension is that it will be able to reduce overall processing times. An H-1B petitioner can still request an expedite if the petitions meets the requisite criteria. Additionally, USCIS will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not subject to the 2019 cap.

USCIS will make a public announcement when it resumes premium processing.

Bella Clark