On April 3, 2017, USCIS to Temporarily Suspend H-1B Premium Processing

ALERT—USCIS recently announced that it will no longer accept H-1B premium processing petitions starting April 3, 2017.

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USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing as of April 3, 2017

This suspension affects all H-1B cases filed under the upcoming regular or master’s cap. USCIS anticipates the “premium processing” suspension to last “up to six months” while it catches up on long-pending petitions. These include H-1B extension cases that are nearing the 240 day mark.

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Who Is Affected?

All petitions filed under the upcoming H-1B cap (which for FY18 are filed on April 3, 2017) whether filed under the regular or master’s advanced degree cap exemption. The H-1b premium processing suspension also applies to petitions that may be cap-exempt.

During this suspension period, USCIS will reject any request for premium processing (filed on Form I-907) filed with an H-1B petition.

Practice Pointer: If a petitioner submits one combined check for both the Form I-907 and Form I-129 H-1B fees, USCIS will have to reject both forms. Do not file these forms together starting after April 3, 2017.

USCIS will continue to accept premium processing request for H-1B petitions filed before April 3, 2017. USCIS will refund the premium processing fee if: (i) the petitioner filed the Form I-907 for an H-1B petition before April 3, 2017, and (ii) it did not take adjudicative action on the case within the 15-calendar-day processing period.

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