Is premium processing required or recommended for an H-1B COE case?

Premium processing is not required for H-1B COE cases since the foreign worker has the ability to begin work based on the H-1B COE receipt notice. However, some employers choose to premium process these cases to ensure that the petition is approved before bringing the foreign worker on board. There are certain situations where our firm may recommend premium processing for an H-1B COE case (e.g. individual is no longer working at the time the H-1B COE is filed). Premium processing guarantees a response (approval, denial, or request for additional evidence) within 15 days of filing.