News & Articles

No Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Petitions until September 10, 2018

Published on March 22, 2018

USCIS has announced that it will suspend premium processing for all H-1B cap-subject petitions filed this year for FY-2019. This suspension is expected to last from April 2, 2018 until Sept. 10, 2018. Once the suspension has been lifted, employers may interfile premium processing for their pending H-1B cap petitions with the required $1,225 fee.

USCIS will still premium process H-1B petitions not subject to the annual cap, including H-1B extensions and transfers.

Employers should note that if an H-1B cap petition is submitted with one combined check for the Premium Processing and Form I-129 Filing Fee, the petition will be rejected.  This change could also impact the ability of employees to travel outside the U.S. while their H-1B cap petition is pending.


Amy Royalty can be reached at 206-654-2260 or [email protected].
Jen Chen can be reached at 206.654.2250 or [email protected]
Marsha Mavunkel can be reached at 206.654.2253 or [email protected].
Janet Cheetham can be reached at 206.654.2235 or [email protected].
Joel Paget can be reached at 206.654.2215 or [email protected]

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.

Have Questions?

Get in touch today.