U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) announced on October 3, 2017 that it will resume H-1B premium processing for all H-1B extension of stay petitions.
What does this mean?
This means that premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. Not only has USCIS has resumed premium processing for H-1B extension petitions, it previously announced on September 18, 2017 that it was resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2018 H-1B cap (as well as 20,000 exempt petitions filed under the “H-1B Master’s Cap”), as well as petitions exempt from the H-1B cap, and petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program and for interested government agency waivers.
How to request premium processing?
A petitioner may file the request for premium processing together with the initial I-129 extension, or it may perform an H-1B premium processing upgrade by filing the I-907 for a previously filed case.
A request for premium processing is made on Form I-907. The filing fee is currently $1,225 (fees change frequently so check USCIS.gov for most up to date fee information). If you use the premium processing service, USCIS guarantees 15 calendar day processing. If USCIS fails to adjudicate the case in 15 calendar days, it will refund the $1,225 premium processing fee. If the fee is refunded, the relating case will continue to receive expedited processing.
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