USCIS RESUMES PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR ALL FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2018 CAP-SUBJECT H-1B VISA PETITIONS.
by Rabindra Singh
Effective today, September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. In addition to the regular H-1B Cap of 65,000 visas, USCIS has resumed premium processing for the annual 20,000 additional petitions that are set aside to hire workers with a U.S. master’s degree or higher educational degree.
In the past, USCIS resumed premium processing of H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers, and for certain H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap.
Premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions, such as extensions of stay. However, remaining petitioners may submit a request to expedite their application if they meet the specific criteria.
USCIS plans to resume premium processing for all other remaining H‑1B petitions not subject to the FY 2018 cap by taking into consideration its workload.
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