Sep 27 2017

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Cases

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap starting September 18th, 2017. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions that are set aside to hire workers with a U.S. master’s degree or higher educational degree.

When USCIS receives a request for its premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If the 15- calendar day processing time is not met, the agency will refund the premium processing service fee and continue with expedited processing of the application. This service is only available for pending petitions, not new submissions because USCIS received enough petitions in April to meet the FY 2018 cap. USCIS plans to resume premium processing for all other remaining H‑1B petitions not subject to the FY 2018 cap as the agency’s workloads permit.

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Updated 09/27/2017