USCIS Suspends Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017.  During the suspension period, which may last up to six months, petitioners will be unable 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.  The suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed during this period, including those that are filed for the regular cap, master’s cap, and any petitions that may be cap-exempt.
 
USCIS explains the temporary suspension as enabling the agency to process long-pending petitions and prioritize the adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240-day mark.
 
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. Expedite requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.