This summer, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily suspended premium processing for H1B work visa extensions so they could concentrate on addressing the influx of employment authorization document applications submitted under the new H4 rules. Originally, this suspension was expected to be in effect from May 26, 2015 until July 27, 2015. However, as New York law firm Berd & Klauss, PLLC reports, the USCIS has announced that premium processing is available once more for H1B visa holders wishing to file an extension.
USCIS was able to bring its workload under control earlier than expected, and is once again offering its premium processing service, which guarantees that an extension application will be processed within 15 calendar days for an additional fee.
While any premium processing request filed before July 13th will be rejected, individuals and employers who have experienced problems due to the suspension can file for expedited service immediately. The suspension was limited to petitions for extension, so anyone filing other types of H1B suspensions will remain unaffected and will still receive uninterrupted service.
Applicants should also be aware that USCIS will only accept the newest version Form I-907, issued on January 29, 2015, and will reject any application submitted using an outdated form. Check the date on the bottom left corner of the form, or consult with an immigration law specialist to make certain your forms are in order.
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