USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

Tuesday August 28, 2018
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USCIS has just announced that they are now extending the suspension of CAP subject H-1B petitions all the way until February 19, 2019. This will cause severe inconvenience to CAP GAP students as they are allowed to work on CAP gap until September 30th only. The previously announced suspension of premium processing for fiscal year 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions was originally slated to last until Sept. 10, 2018, but that suspension is being extended through an estimated date of Feb. 19, 2019.

In addition, they will stop accepting premium processing for all H-1B transfers and amendments on September 11, 2018 until February 19, 2019. The expanded temporary suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers.

This means that only H-1B extensions “without change” filed with Nebraska Service Center may be filed in premium processing. Cap-exempt employers (institutions of higher education, certain nonprofits, and government research organizations) may also continue to file in premium processing.

USCIS will continue premium processing of Form I-129 H-1B petitions that are not currently suspended if the petitioner properly filed an associated Form I-907 before Sept. 11, 2018.

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