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Monday, March 6, 2017

U.S. to Temporarily Suspend Expedited Processing of H-1B Visas

Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing of all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Non-immigrant Worker which requests the H-1B non-immigrant classification. USCUS will notify the public before resuming premium processing of H-1B petitions.

The temporary suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. Since FY18 cap-subject H-1B petitions cannot be filed before April 3, 2017, this 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.

Under the current system, U.S. companies could pay an additional $1,225 to expedite the processing of H-1B visas in what’s known as “premium processing.” Paying for this option ensures the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services responds to the petition within 15 days, otherwise the fee is refunded.

If you may have any need for premium processing of your H-1B application, please contact us immediately by phone: (813) 298-7222 or by email: info@cfuis.com.

Source: March 3, 2017, USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions





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