USCIS Bought Back Certain H-1B Visa Premium Processing After a Long Halt

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has brought back premium processing for certain CAP exempt petitions.

On April 3, 2017, USCIS halted premium processing of H-1B visa petitions, for up to six months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129. Prior to the halt, employers can request premium processing of H-1B petitions to ensure that USCIS will review the petition within 15 days at a cost of $1,225. Most non-premium processing types of H-1B petitions are currently averaging 6 to 8 months processing time. This suspension will apply to all H-1B regular cap and master’s cap petitions filed for the FY18 H-1B.

The only option for H-1B employers is that they may submit requests to expedite an H-1B petition if they meet the Expedite Criteria. The employer must meet one of these concerns concerns as “severe financial loss,” “emergency situation” or “humanitarian reasons.”

USCIS said the halt is necessary to adjudicate long-pending petitions before the high volume of incoming petitions. However, the plan may cause significant impact on the fee-funded USCIS’s revenue.

USCIS Workload Transfer and Filing Location Changes

A portion of the Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, filed by applicants with pending asylum applications went from the Nebraska Service Center and the Texas Service Center to the Potomac Service Center. It should not affect the processing time.

In addition, starting January 19, 2017, you must file your Form I-140 and Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, at the addresses listed below.

The beneficiary will work in…

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) First- Class and Priority Mail Express deliveries

For overnight/courier deliveries (non-USPS)USPS

Maryland, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania

Premium Processing
USCIS Texas Service Center P.O. Box 279030
Dallas, TX 75227-9030

Premium Processing
USCIS Texas Service Center 4141 N Saint Augustine Dr. Dallas, TX 75227-4818

Tennessee

Premium Processing
USCIS Nebraska Service Center P.O. Box 87103
Lincoln, NE 68501-7103

Premium Processing USCIS Nebraska Service Center
850 S. Street
Lincoln, NE 68508