Employers who still have pending H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018 can now request premium processing of those cases. With this latest announcement, only the following categories of H-1B petitions are eligible for premium processing at this time:
- Petitions filed by cap-exempt employers, i.e. universities, colleges, or non-profit organizations affiliated with universities or colleges;
- Petitions filed to extend H-1B status with the same employer;
- FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption; and
- Pending H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018.
Acccording to the USCIS recent annoucement:
USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018. If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition, and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling the petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with your premium processing request to avoid possible delays associated with the receipt of your premium processing request. Additionally, if you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should also include the RFE response with the premium processing request. If your petition was transferred and you send your premium processing request to the wrong center, USCIS will forward it to the petition’s current location. However, the premium processing clock will not start until the premium processing request has been received at the correct center.
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