Premium Processing Resumes for More H-1Bs


Today, USCIS announced that it will immediately resume premium processing for H-1B petitions that may be exempt from the H-1B cap because the petitioner is:

• An institution of higher education;
• A nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or
• A nonprofit research or governmental research organization.

USCIS noted that it is also resuming premium processing for petitions that may also be exempt from the H-1B cap because the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization, or entity.

The suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions went into effect on April 3, 2017. This announcement, however, continues USCIS' incremental return of premium processing for H-1B petitions, which began when it resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions filed for doctors through the Conrad 30 waiver program. Regarding when USCIS will resume premium processing for other H-1B petitions, the USCIS announcement noted, "USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit. USCIS will make additional announcements with specific details related to when we will begin accepting premium processing for those petitions. Until then, premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions. USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed for those petitions, and if the petitioner submitted one check combining the Form I-907 and Form I-129 fees, USCIS will have to reject both forms."

Please contact your Goel & Anderson attorney if you have any questions, and continue to check the Goel & Anderson website for the latest news regarding H-1B processing issues.