AdviseHub, the legal marketplace and immigration management solution, would like to update you on a recent change in H-1B visa processing. On May 26, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would temporarily suspend premium processing of H-1B extension petitions until July 27, 2015. Premium processing enables employers to request resolution of H-1B extension petitions within 15 calendar days for an additional $1,225 fee. USCIS is taking this measure to devote additional resources to an upcoming influx of Form I-765 applications as part of the H-4 employment authorization program. During this time frame, petitioners will not be able to:
- File Form I-907;
- Request for Premium Processing Service;
- Request for a Form I-129;
- Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker; or
- Request an extension of the stay for an H-1B nonimmigrant.
The USCIS states it will continue to monitor its workload closely, and may resume accepting premium processing requests before July 27, 2015, if it determines that it can once again provide customers with the level of service offered with premium processing.