After initially suggesting that premium processing would be available for H-1B visa applications submitted in this year’s lottery, immigration law officials at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have decided against offering the expedited service. The suspension of premium process affects all applications subject to the 2019 year cap, and it is expected to last until at least September of 2018. However, applicants who are not subject to these caps may still pay for premium processing, and other options are available for some petitioners.
Why Premium Processing Is Suspended
According to immigration law officials, suspending the program allows them to process a substantial backlog of applications. The increasing popularity of the premium processing service has meant that those petitioners who submit normal requests have been experiencing dramatically longer wait times. By temporarily suspending the program, immigration law officials hope to prioritize petitions that are nearing the 240-day mark.
Which H-1B Applications Are Affected
While applicants submitting petitions into the lottery system will no longer be eligible for premium processing, the option is still available for those who are exempt. In general, H-1B applicants who have already received an employment offer from an American institute of higher learning or nonprofit research organization are exempt for the cap requirements, and may still pay for premium processing. Your immigration law attorney can help determine whether you qualify.
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