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Acceptance of H-1B Premium Processing Cases Has Begun

By Janet Cheetham, Joel Paget & Marsha Mavunkel

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received 233,000 applications for the H-1B lottery this year.  USCIS expects to begin processing premium cases on April 27, but our office has already been notified of an acceptance!  Advance degree applicants, which are selected first, might be selected around 75% and general category cases might expect a selection rate of 30%.  Our immigration team is continuing to monitor the situation as we know it dramatically affects our clients and their employees who have filed petitions.

For USCIS news alerts about the process, please visit their website. If you have questions, please contact any member of our Immigration team.

Janet Cheetham, Joel Paget and Marsha Mavunkel are attorneys in Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC’s Immigration Group. Janet can be reached at 206.654.2235 or Joel can be reached at 206.654.2215 or Marsha can be reached at 206.654.2253 or

This message has been released by the Immigration Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC to advise of recent developments in the law. Because each situation is different, this information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances. Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm located in Seattle, Washington.


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