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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some H-1B Petitions

Premium Processing of Other Petitions to Resume as Workloads Permit

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for H1-B petitions that may be exempt from the annual cap on visa applications if the petitioner is:

  • An institution of higher education;
  • A nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or
  • A nonprofit research or governmental research organization.

USCIS also resumed premium processing for petitions that may also be exempt if the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization, or entity. USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit.

How to File for Premium Processing
Eligible cap-exempt petitioners can file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, beginning July 24.

What is Premium Processing?
USCIS's Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. Specifically, USCIS guarantees 15 calendar day processing to those petitioners or applicants who choose to use this service. The service was temporarily suspended for all H-1B petitions on April 3, and was resumed for certain physicians and others on June 26.

To read the USCIS announcement, click here.

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