USCIS Accepting Premium Processing Requests for H-1B Extension of Stay Petitions
USCIS has resumed acceptance of Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for all H-1B extension of stay petitions. Premium Processing Service had been suspended by USCIS for this type of filing as of May 26, 2015, in anticipation of a large number of applications for employment authorization by H-4 nonimmigrants under new regulation allowing for employment authorization for H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B employees. USCIS later announced that current workloads permitted earlier-than-anticipated resumption of the premium processing service.
In addition to H-1B extension of stay filings submitted after July 13, 2015, being eligible for premium processing service, pending H-1B extension requests filed prior to July 13, 2015, may be upgraded to premium processing by filing Form I-907 and submitting the USCIS filing fee of $1,225.00 to the USCIS Service Center where the H-1B petition is pending.
Premium processing service is offered by USCIS for certain types of filings. When a request for premium processing service is submitted by the petitioning company or by the beneficiary, USCIS must issue a decision or a Request for Evidence (“RFE”) within 15 calendar days. USCIS also noted that only the new version of Form I-907, with edition date of January 29, 2015, will be accepted. All previous editions of the form will be rejected.