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USCIS News Release: USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS News Release

**Important information for anyone who was planning to file for H1-B with Premium Processing this H-1B Season:**

Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will be temporarily suspending premium processing for H-1B applications.

USCIS begins accepting FY 2018 H1-B applications on April 3, 2017. Thus, the suspension will apply to all petitions filed for the FY18 H-1B regular cap and master’s advanced degree cap exemption (the “master’s cap”). The suspension also applies to petitions that may be cap-exempt.

What is Premium Processing?

Premium Processing is an option available for certain USCIS applications that, for a fee, guarantees either a decision or a request for evidence within 15 calendar days. Regular Processing, varies depending on the visa classification, but takes considerably longer to adjudicate the application. H-1B filers can wait up to 6 months for a decision using regular processing.

Are there any exceptions?

USCIS will consider expediting petitions on a case-by-case basis. The petitioner must prove that he or she meets one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Severe financial loss to company or person;

  • Emergency situation;Humanitarian reasons;

  • Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States;

  • Department of Defense or national interest situation (These particular expedite requests must come from an official U.S. government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to the government.);

  • USCIS error; or

  • Compelling interest of USCIS.

For the full news release, click here.


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