USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H1-B Visas Temporarily
Washington DC: The USCIS has temporarily stopped premium processing of H1-B visas starting from April 3, 2017. The suspension may last for up to six months.
Any submission for premium processing after that date will be rejected, according to USCIC or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The USCIS stated that it has taken this step to improve the overall performance of the processing. It stated that it would allow the staff to work on the long-pending petitions and decrease the processing time for all the petitions.
However, the services has introduced “Expedited Processing” that will allow any petitioners who have a need to obtain H1-B visa to apply, but they will have to qualify for this kind of processing.
The USCIS website has outlined the criteria required to apply for the processing. The petitioner has to qualify in any one of these criteria to become eligible to apply. The suspension can be found here on its website.