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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Today for ALL H-1B Petitions

With little notice, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumes Premium Processing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, for ALL H-1B petitions, including both pending and future petitions. With the filing of USCIS Form I-907 and the payment of an additional filing fee of $1,410, Premium Processing guarantees a 15-day processing time or a review of the case. Additional USCIS instructions with respect to the conversion to Premium Processing of certain pending H-1B petitions are as follows:

  • If you received a Request for Evidence (RFE), include the RFE response with the Premium Processing request.

  • If you received a Transfer Notice for a pending H-1B petition, the Premium Processing request must be sent to the service center now handling the case with a copy of the Transfer Notice.

The resumption of Premium Processing is good news and will include all H-1B cap-subject cases that can be filed starting April 1, 2019.

The use of Premium Processing is a quick way to determine if a case is chosen in the H-1B lottery if, as we expect, more than 85,000 H-1B petitions will be filed within the first 5 business days of April.

The resumption of Premium Processing is also beneficial for H-1B petition extensions where a decision is needed expeditiously due to international travel needs.

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About this Author

Barbara Chin, Immigration Attorney, Mintz Levin

Barbara has advised clients on corporate and business immigration matters for 30 years and has served as counsel for domestic and international Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.

Before focusing on immigration law, Barbara served as assistant district attorney in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.