On Friday, January 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it would resume premium processing on Monday, January 28, 2019 for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2019 cap petitions. Because this resumption of premium processing services is for last year’s quota cases, it only applies to pending cases as the H-1B quota for FY2019 was reached in the first week of April, 2018.
Premium processing requires USCIS to adjudicate the petition in a fifteen (15) day time period. If the petition is not adjudicated in fifteen (15) days, the premium processing fee is refunded and USCIS must still adjudicate the petition on an expedited basis. The cost for premium processing is $1,410.00 in addition to any other filing fees required for the petition.
The previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H-1B petitions which were subject to that suspension. USCIS has indicated that it intends to resume premium processing for the remaining categories of H-1B petitions as the agency’s workload permits.
If you have any specific questions or concerns about H-1B visas or an immigration issue, please contact the Kullman Firm attorney with whom you normally work, or Patricia A. Bollman, our Immigration Law Specialist at pab@Kullmanlaw.com.