Starting from April 3, 2017, USCIS planes to temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This may last more than 6 months. During this period of time, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification.
Who Is affected by this act?
This suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. Also, the suspension applies to petitions that may be cap-exempt.
While premium processing is suspended, USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed with an H-1B petition. If the petitioner submits one combined check for both the Form I-907 and Form I-129 H-1B fees, USCIS will reject both forms.
This temporary suspension does not apply to other eligible nonimmigrant classifications filed on Form I-129.
While premium processing is suspended, all petitioners are eligible to submit a request to expedite an H-1B petition. This can only happen if they meet the criteria on the Expedite Criteria webpage. It is the petitioner’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet at least one of the expedite criteria.
USCIS will review all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership.
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