Beginning April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions for up to a six month period. This is unfortunate news for employers seeking early decisions on H-1B quota cases as the the temporary suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. Since FY18 cap-subject H-1B petitions cannot be filed before April 3, 2017, this suspension will apply to all petitions filed for the FY18 H-1B regular cap and master’s advanced degree cap exemption (the “master’s cap”).
The suspension also applies to petitions that may be cap-exempt.USCIS will continue to premium process Form I-129 H-1B petitions if the petitioner properly filed an associated Form I-907 before April 3, 2017.
This temporary suspension of premium processing does not apply to other eligible nonimmigrant classifications filed on Form I-129.
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