USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Filed on or before 12/21/2018
Today USCIS announced it will accept premium processing requests beginning on Tuesday, February 19th for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018.
How does premium processing work?
If an employer submits a premium processing request, together with the requisite $1410 filing fee, USCIS will guarantee a response within 15 calendar days of receipt of the request “or your money back.” The response may be an approval, denial, or request for additional evidence. If USCIS issues a request for additional evidence, the premium processing clock stops, and will re-start at Day 1 when the response to the request is received at the agency.
When will premium processing be reinstated for all other H-1B petitions?
The previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for H-1B petitions to which it applied that were filed on or after December 22, 2018.
On January 28, 2019, USCIS resumed premium processing for FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS plans to resume premium processing for the remaining categories of H-1B petitions as agency workloads permit.