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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

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Pasricha & Patel Takeaways:

USCIS has announced that it is resuming premium processing for all H-1B cases starting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. This means that when the H-1B petitioner is requesting premium processing with payment of additional filing fee, the USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. And if the USCIS does not take action on the case (either approval, or issue request for further evidence (RFE)) within the 15-calendar day processing time, the USCIS will refund the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continue with expedited processing of the petition.

It is not clear whether this will mean that USCIS will also accept premium processing request for the upcoming H-1B quota filing period starting on April 1, 2019. But based on the recent history of the USCIS, it is likely that USCIS will not have premium processing for H-1B quota cases.

For any latest updates regarding USCIS news and any H-1B related developments, please do be sure to check on our firm’s website for further news. And please do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with our firm should you have any further questions about this or any other immigration related matters.