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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Subject to FY 2018 Cap

Premium Processing of Other Petitions to Resume as Workloads Permit

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions that are set aside to hire workers with a U.S. master's degree or higher educational degree.

USCIS previously resumed premium processing H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers and for certain H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap. Premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions, such as extensions of stay.

USCIS plans to resume premium processing for all other remaining H-1B petitions not subject to the FY 2018 cap as agency workloads permit. However, remaining petitioners may submit a request to expedite their application if they meet the specific agency criteria.

To read the USCIS announcement, click here.

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