USCIS Extends Premium Processing Service for H1B Petitions in Fiscal year 2019

USCIS will resume premium processing suspension on Monday, Jan. 28, for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the 20000 cap advanced degree exemption. Petitioners who have approved requests for evidence (RFEs) for pending FY 2019 cap petitions should include other formalities responses.

H-1B visas are being provided to employers having high skills for a wide range of occupations. When a petitioner makes a request to the agency’s premium processing service, then USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time for granting h1b visa. If we do not take certain legal action within the 15‑calendar days, USCIS refunds the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continues with expedited processing of the petition. This service is generally available for pending existing petitions requests, not for new requests, because we have already received many petitions to meet the FY 2019 cap. We plan to resume premium processing for the remaining categories of H‑1B petitions as agency permit workloads. So we will continue to notify the public via uscis.gov when we begin accepting premium processing for other categories of H-1B petitions.

We will notify the public via uscis.gov before resuming premium processing for h1b visa.

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