As anticipated, premium processing resumed today for all H-1B petitions. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services predicted the change last week on a conference call, but only officially announced the resumption of premium processing today.
Background: Expedited 15-day premium processing may be requested for an additional government filing fee. In March, USCIS announced that it would temporarily suspend premium processing beginning April 3, 2017 at the start of the filing season for H-1B cap petitions for fiscal year 2018. In June and July, the agency resumed premium processing for some cap-exempt H-1B petitions including those filed for physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program and those filed by qualifying educational or nonprofit employers. On Sept. 18, premium processing was resumed for pending H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year 2018.
BAL Analysis: Companies wishing to upgrade any H-1B petitions to premium processing should contact their BAL professional as soon as possible.
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