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Premium Processing Now Available for Cap H-1B Visas

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed the premium processing option for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B cap visa petitions filed for an October 1, 2018 start date. Premium processing guarantees a 15-day processing time for either approval or a request for evidence for an additional $1,225 filing fee. USCIS has issued a large number of requests for evidence on cap H-1B petitions due to new USCIS policies questioning the specialty nature of positions offered. Once the request for evidence is issued and response is filed, USCIS will resume processing, but there is no guaranteed timeline. 

Premium processing was also resumed for petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program and cap-exempt petitions filed by institutions of higher education or related entities. Premium processing remains suspended for all other H-1B petitions, including extensions of stay. USCIS indicates premium processing for all other H-1B petitions will resume as soon as workload permits, which is likely late October given the number of anticipated H-1B cap upgrades. 

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Kimberly A. Clarke, Varnum, Immigration Lawyer
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Kim focuses her practice on immigration matters, including nonimmigrant petitions, both employment- and family-based permanent residence applications, expatriation and foreign visa issues. She has developed a strong background in the area of worker verification issues and managed clients through internal and agency Form I-9 audits, USICE compliance investigations and civil criminal charges.

In addition, Kim maintains a specialty practice of consultation with agricultural clients and handles various agricultural labor and employment issues such as compliance with...

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Nina A. Thekdi, immigration lawyer, Varnum
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Nina focuses her practice on business and family-based immigration matters.  Her experience encompasses nonimmigrant visa petitions including H-1B visas, L-1A and L-1B visas, TN visas under the NAFTA treaty, and O-1 visas. She also assists clients with employment-based permanent residence petitions including the labor certifications process, EB-1 extraordinary ability, EB-1 outstanding professor and researchers and EB-1 multinational managers and executives petitions; family-based permanent residence applications; naturalization applications; and foreign visa issues.   She guides clients through the process of obtaining short-term visas and permanent residence status for skilled personnel, including technical professionals, accountants, scientists, managers and executives.  Nina also provides counsel regarding effective immigration compliance programs.

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