Premium Processing Back for H-1B Cases

Premium processing guarantees that USCIS will adjudicate a case within a 15-day processing time in exchange for an additional $1,410 fee. In January, premium processing was reopened for last year’s H-1B cap cases and master’s cap cases. If a petitioner decides to upgrade a pending case with an RFE to premium processing, a copy of the RFE response must also be submitted with the request. The agency previously stated that they will “resume premium processing for the other remaining categories of H-1B petitions as agency workloads permit,” but on Monday, March 11, USCIS announced that premium processing is now available for all H-1B cases. 

H-1B Cap Season 2019

While no exclusions were made as part of the announcement, many were left wondering if premium processing would be extended to this year’s H-1B cap cases. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reached out to USCIS Service Center Operations (SCOPS) for clarification. USCIS responded that the earlier announcement did not specifically apply to this year’s H-1B cap season and that a separate H-1B cap announcement would be forthcoming.