USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed On or Before December 21, 2018

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced today that it will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions that were filed on or before December 21, 2018, starting Monday February 19, 2019. H-1B petitions filed on or after December 22, 2018, however, will remain subject to the temporary suspension of premium processing on certain H-1B petitions that has been in place since September 2018. Today’s announcement does not provide any indication as to whether premium processing will be available for this year’s H-1B cap filing season that starts on April 1, 2019. The announcement also does not indicate when USCIS will make premium processing available to H-1B petitions filed after December 21, 2018. Only recently, on January 28, 2019, USCIS resumed premium processing for pending cap-subject H-1B petitions filed in last year’s H-1B lottery. Per the USCIS announcement, it will continue to provide notification when it will begin accepting premium processing for other H-1B categories. How this impacts our clients? If you have a pending H-1B petition filed on or before December 21, 2018, and you would like to upgrade to premium processing, we can interfile the Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing with the accompanying fee of $1,410 to the USCIS Service Center handling the petition. For those petitions that have been issued a Request for Evidence (RFE), we can submit the premium processing request with our RFE response. We will be reaching out individually to our clients who have pending H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018 to advise further on today’s announcement.

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