H-1B Premium Processing is Further Suspended

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H-1B Premium Processing is Further Suspended


Effective September 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is further suspending premium processing until February 19, 2019 for all H-1Bs Petitions filed with California and Vermont Service Centers except for the following:

1. Cap-exempt H-1B Petitions by cap-exempt employers filed with California Service Center.

2. H-1B Petitions without any change or amendment filed with Nebraska Service Center.

Previously, USCIS has been suspending H-1B premium processing for H-1B Cap Petitions only until September 10, 2018.


Outside of premium processing, USCIS may still consider expedite request on a discretionary and case-by-case basis.


Premium processing is filed via Form I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service for USCIS to adjudicate a petition within 15 calendar days from its receipt (e.g. approval, request for evidence or RFE, or denial within 15 days).  With this temporarily suspension, there will be processing delay for many types of H-1B Petitions, and FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions or Visas that are fortunate enough to be selected in the H-1B lottery process.


For additional information, please visit:   https://www.uscis.gov/news/uscis-extends-and-expands-suspension-premium-processing-h-1b-petitions-reduce-delays


August 28, 2018


This article is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be relied on as legal advice or attorney-client relationship. By Aik Wan Kok, Lawyer USA Immigration Services, at Tiya; Tel: 703-772-8224 & info at tiyaimmigration dot com; Direct dial from abroad: 001-703-7728224https://www.tiyaimmigration.com ; http://tiyalaw.blogspot.com https://immigrationresource.net



Aik Wan Kok at Tiya represents companies, employers, individuals and families, located nationwide and internationally, in U.S. Immigration Law.  We focus on diverse immigration cases such as extraordinary ability; national interest waiver; PERM; green card; N-400 Naturalization; various waivers; H cases; L executive, manager and specialized knowledge professional; E treaty investor/trader; cases with USCIS, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Consulates and National Visa Center.


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