USCIS: H-1B Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Visa Petitions Accepted and Pending Under 2018 Cap Resumes

Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for H1-B Premium Processing services, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the premium processing halt on certain H-1B petitions would resume again for another group of H-1B petitions:  (1) when the visa petition has been accepted under the Fiscal Year 2018 cap (during the five business days in April of 2017); and (2) is still pending.  Premium processing had been suspended for this and almost all other H-1B work visa categories since April 3, 2017.

This announcement follows USCIS’ June and July of 2017 announcements reported previously here, to resume premium processing for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program and for certain petitions that were exempt from the H-1B annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year.

USCIS once again noted that premium processing will resume for other H-1B petitions as “workloads permit”; and that additional announcements with specific details will be forthcoming.

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