U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting today, it will resume “premium processing” for all pending H-1B visa cap-subject petitions. USCIS temporarily suspended premium processing of all H-1B petitions in April 2017, however, this new announcement means that all pending petitions pursuant to both the 65,000 “regular” H-1B cap and the 20,000 “advanced degree” cap are now eligible to take advantage of premium processing. Premium processing is, however, still suspended for other types of H-1B petitions, including H-1B extensions of stay and transfers of employers.
With premium processing, employers can pay an optional USCIS filing fee to guarantee a response on their petition within 15 days. Employers seeking to expedite the processing of a pending H-1B cap-subject case, including cases which require responses to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) from USCIS, should contact an attorney to take advantage of this program.