Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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

Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all cap-subject H-1B petitions.  USCIS will continue to premium process H-1B petitions if the petitioner filed Form I-907 before April 2, 2018.  However, since Fiscal Year 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions cannot be filed before April 2, 2018, this suspension will apply to all H-1B cap-subject petitions filed for consideration in this year's H-1B lottery, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. 

This suspension is expected to last until September 10, 2018.  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 Nonimmigrant Worker, which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. While premium processing is suspended, USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed with an H-1B petition. 

This temporary suspension is aimed to reduce USCIS's overall H-1B processing times by processing long-pending petitions, and prioritizing adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240 day mark. 

For inquiries regarding the temporary H-1B premium processing suspension, please contact the SIL attorney you are working with, or for general inquiries, please contact us at 

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