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USCIS to start processing premium processed H-1B Cap Cases on May 12

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin premium processing all of this year’s H-1B cap cases on May 12, 2016.  This includes H-1B cases filed under the 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree exemption, and the regular 65,000 H-1B cap.

Most, if not all, of the receipt notices issued so far for this year’s H-1B cap cases have referenced a 15-day turnaround time from the receipt date – not the May 12 date.  Clients should ignore what is stated in the receipt notices and go with the May 12 processing date.

USCIS notes that cap-exempt H-1B petitions will continue to be processed within 15 calendar days of receipt.

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Ian R. Macdonald, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Atlanta, Immigration, Labor and Employment Attorney

Ian R. Macdonald is Co-Chair of the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. He focuses his practice on developing, assessing and managing global mobility programs for multinational companies on a range of challenges affecting the movement of people capital domestically and internationally, including secondment agreements, benefits transferability, local host country employment concerns and immigration.

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