Premium Processing is Back for ALL H-1B Petitions
Premium Processing is back for ALL H-1B Petitions! USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. USCIS notes the following:
- If you have received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition, and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling the petition. A copy of the transfer notice should be included with your premium processing request. Failure to do so can lead to delays.
- If you received a Request for Evidence (RFE) for a pending H-1B petition, you should also include the RFE response with the premium processing request.
- If your petition was transferred and you send your premium processing request to the wrong service center, USCIS will forward it to the petition’s current location. However, the premium processing clock will not start until the premium processing request has been received at the correct center.
Here is a timeline of the premium processing debacle:
- March 2018 – USCIS announced premium processing suspension for all cap-subject H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019
- August 28, 2018 – USCIS announced that it was not only extending the premium processing suspension for H-1B cap-subject petitions, but that it was expanding the suspension to include H-1B Transfers, Amendments, and Extensions with Change in Previously Approved Employment. As you can imagine, this was a huge blow to employers and employees.
- January 28, 2019 – USCIS resumed premium processing for all FY 2019 H-1B cap subject petitions, but the expanded suspension was still in place
- February 19, 2019 – USCIS resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018
- March 12, 2019 – USCIS resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions
For additional information visit: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-all-h-1b-petitions