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Premium Processing to Resume for H-1B Petitions

Published on March 11, 2019

USCIS has announced today that it will resume premium processing tomorrow, March 12th,  for all H-1B petitions.

Premium Processing has been suspended for all non-cap exempt H-1B petitions with the exception of H-1B petitions filed by the same employer requesting a continuation of previously approved employment without a change in the position, and petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. Employers may now request premium processing on all H-1B petitions, including petitions that are currently pending with USCIS. USCIS advised that employers who have received a request for evidence (RFE) should include the premium processing request with the RFE response, and employers who have received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition should submit the premium processing request with the a copy of the transfer notice to the service center that is now handling the petition.

Premium Processing is an optional expedited case adjudication service for certain employment-based visa petitions. Many employers prefer to utilize the Premium Processing service, as petitions filed with Premium Processing are adjudicated by USCIS within 15 calendar days of the receipt of the petition.

Please contact your immigration team at Ryan Swanson for assistance with a Premium Processing Request for new and pending H-1B petitions.

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