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USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions—Effective Immediately

Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions. The presumption applies to new petitions as well as those that are pending with USCIS. USCIS’s announcement does not discuss whether premium processing will be available for upcoming filings for quota-subject H-1B petitions, which begins on April 1, 2019.

Moving Forward

Employers that plan to file new H-1B petitions may include a request for premium processing with their initial H-1B filing. Employers with pending H-1B petitions may upgrade outstanding petitions to premium processing.

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Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions...

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