USCIS: H-1B cap premium processing to begin May 12

Petitions will include U.S. master’s degree exemptions

Posted April 27, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing on May 12, 2016. This includes petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.

USCIS first announced in a news release that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic premium processing receipt levels, combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season.

USCIS provides premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time.

For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap and for any other visa classification, the 15-day processing period for premium processing service begins on the date that USCIS receives the request. However, for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including advanced degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing period set by 8 CFR 103.7(e)(2) will begin on May 12, 2016, regardless of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice, which indicates the date that the premium processing fee is received.


 

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