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USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions
Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions.
Who Is Affected
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.
While premium processing is suspended, we will reject any Form I-907 filed with an H-1B petition. If the petitioner submits one combined check for both the Form I-907 and Form I-129 H-1B fees, we will have to reject both forms.
We 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. Therefore, we will refund the premium processing fee if:
- The petitioner filed the Form I-907 for an H-1B petition before April 3, 2017, and
- We did not take adjudicative action on the case within the 15-calendar-day processing period.
This temporary suspension of premium processing does not apply to other eligible nonimmigrant classifications filed on Form I-129.
Requesting Expedited Processing
While premium processing is suspended, petitioners may submit a request to expedite an H-1B petition if they meet the criteria on the Expedite Criteria webpage. It is the petitioner’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet at least one of the expedite criteria, and we encourage petitioners to submit documentary evidence to support their expedite request.
We review all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership.
Why We Are Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions
This temporary suspension will help us to reduce overall H-1B processing times. By temporarily suspending premium processing, we will be able to:
- Process long-pending petitions, which we have currently been unable to process due to the high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years; and
- Prioritize adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240 day mark.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/03/2017
All foreign workers must obtain permission to legally work in the United States. It is very important that you follow the instructions of the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, (USCIS) when applying for an H1B visa and upon receiving a visa. Any violations can result in denial of your application or removal from the United States.
Hiring Unit Managers are responsible for assisting non-immigrant candidates who have been selected to fill vacant positions with determining their need of possessing an H1B visa. Once it is determined that the selected candidate needs an H1B visa, the hiring unit will submit to the Office of HumanResources, a letter of request to hire the selected candidate (approved by the Provost for academic positions or area Vice President, Chief of Staff, or Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for non-academic positions), giving specific details of the intended hiring arrangements, to include the start date of employment and ending date of employment to cover a 3 year period of time; specific job title; salary and benefits that the selected candidate will receive in exchange for his or her services, along with a brief statement of support indicating why the candidate was selected. The hiring unit is responsible for all fees associated with the petitioning for the H1B visa on the behalf of the selected candidate.
*H1B requests for faculty must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources 60 days (45 days for premium processing) prior to the beginning of the semester in which he/she will start work.
*H1B requests for non faculty must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources 60 days (45 days for premium processing) prior to the anticipated start date of employment.
The Office of Human Resources will complete the application to petition for the H1B visa and submit it along with all supporting documents that are provided by the selected candidate and hiring unit. The Office of Human Resources will communicate what information it receives with the hiring unit as it becomes available. The Office of Human Resources does not make any decisions regarding approvals or denials of requests for visas. Once the Office of Human Resources receives a “Receipt #” for the application submitted, it will be shared with the hiring unit to access the USCIS online website http://www.uscis.gov/ . The “Receipt #“ will allow the hiring unit and selected candidate to access online status reports of the application.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Please visit the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website to get up to date information on H1B Visa. http://www.uscis.gov