H1B premium processing resumed for all petitions
Finally, H1B premium processing resumed for all petitions. (If you are looking to read about Wage level 1 RFE click here)
A big sigh for many students and transfer applicants. USCIS resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to 2018 cap and non cap. This includes U.S master’s degree students and general quota. Once a petitioner requests premium processing, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If this 15-day processing time expires the agency refunds the service fee. However, it continues to expedite the application’s processing. It is now available for all pending petitions.
What is H1B Premium processing?
Premium Processing provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. Specifically, USCIS guarantees 15 calendar day processing to those petitioners or applicants who choose to use this service. Else, USCIS refunds the Premium Processing fee. The case continues to receive expedited processing even after fee refund.
How does it work?
The 15 calendar day period begins when USCIS receives the current version of Form I-907. Moreover, USCIS issues an approval notice, a denial notice, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation within the 15 calendar day period. If the petition or application requires the submission of additional evidence or a response to a notice of intent to deny, a new 15 calendar day period will begin upon receipt by USCIS of a complete response to the request for evidence or notice of intent to deny.
A welcome news for those F-1 students with a pending change of status to H-1B. We already discussed how many students would potentially lose their cap gap employment authorization on October 1st and how it will impact them. Read the article here.
In addition to H1B premium processing being resumed, USCIS previously resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program. The agency also resumed government agency waivers and certain petitions not subject to the cap. Premium processing also opened for all other H-1B petitions, such as extensions of stay,transfers, and amendments.
USCIS resumed premium processing for all other remaining H‑1B petitions not subject to the FY 2018 cap before. Remaining petitioners may submit a request to expedite their application. If your employer is yet to respond to your Request for Evidence (RFE), ensure USCIS receives the response as soon as possible and then file for H1B premium processing. If you want to know what your case status like “Name was updated” mean click here.
Source : https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/premium-processing-now-available-all-petitioners-seeking-h-1b-visas