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USCIS resumes premium processing for H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018

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Pasricha & Patel Takeaways:

USCIS has announced that it is resuming premium processing (expedited 15-day processing time) for those H-1B petitions that were filed on or before December 21, 2018 and for which the USCIS has not yet finished adjudicating those petitions.

By this announcement, the USCIS appears to be adopting the strategy of staggering the resumption of H-1B premium processing in stages. Readers may remember that the USCIS had first suspended premium processing for H-1B change of employer and H-1B amendment petitions in late August 2018 in an effort to reduce its growing backlog of H-1B petitions.

So, the USCIS’s latest announcement to start accepting premium processing upgrade requests for those H-1B petitions that were filed on or before December 21, 2018 would seem to indicate that the USCIS is slowly getting back on track with clearing its caseload, because the USCIS is basically indicating that it is now adjudicating H-1B petitions that were filed in and around late August 2018. And that means the regular H-1B processing wait time is now approximately five (5) to six (6) months.

Our office will continue to monitor any developments regarding premium processing with the USCIS, and we encourage everyone to contact our office to set up consultation so that we may address any concerns you may have regarding the immigration process.