On September 27, 2017, the USCIS informed the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that USCIS is expected to begin premium processing for all H-1b visa petitions with effect from October 3, 2017.
Earlier this year the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will suspend the premium processing service for all H-1b visa petitions with effect from April 3, 2017. USCIS had stated that the suspension might continue for a period of 6 months. The reason for this suspension as stated by USCIS was to enable USCIS clear the backlog of petitions filed under non-premium processing category.
Recently, the USCIS started accepting certain H-1b petitions under premium processing applications which include petitions filed for Physicians and under the Conrad 30 waiver program, as well for certain cap exempt employers and lastly for Cap petitions filed for fiscal year 2018.
We are still awaiting official confirmation from the USCIS with regards to the reinstatement of the premium processing service for all categories of H-1b visa petitions. Emandi Law Firm will update once further details are made available by the agency.
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