USCIS resumes premium processing of H-1B Visa petitions in all categories

US resumes premium processing of H-1B visas after 5 months

Though premium processing of H-1B cap cases was not typically required in previous years, given the delays on adjudications this year, which may be tied to the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order signed on April 18, 2017, many employers are being forced to upgrade H-1B cap cases to premium processing this year to avoid extended lapses in work authorization for their H-1B cap gap population.

In case a petitioner requests the agency's premium processing service, the USA citizenship and immigration services (USCIS) guarantees a 15-day processing time. In April, the service had been suspended as officials were reportedly struggling to handle the huge rush of applicants. And the processing for the premium has resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petition that is different to hire the workers at the United States higher education degree. "Normal processing times for H-1B petitions can be several months". This move by the US has brought slight relief to the techies all over the world, especially from the sub-continent.The fast processing of H-1B visas has been halted by the US President Donald Trump.

According to a press release, the US Congress mandated cap is of 65,000 H-1B visas with an extra 20,000 visas for those who have gone through a US college system.

Failure to premium process cap gap H-1B cases will result in the need to terminate cap gap employees on or before September 30, as well as additional delays in adjudication.

The agency said it plans to resume premium processing for all other H-1B petitions as agency workloads permit. Adding, "Nothing has changed about the application or interview process".

But the USA embassy refused to comment on the larger issue of the impact the Presidential Executive order could have on Indian professionals who want to work in the United States of America should it go through the legislative process and become a bill.

Indian companies have used this time to do a revaluation of their personnel and project requirements, with many technology companies paring down their necessity for H-1B visas. IT companies heavily rely on this work visa to hire employees from overseas each year. Almost 70 percent of the issued H-1B visas go to Indian professionals, commonly in the tech field. Their bill proposed eliminating the lottery in favor of a "preference system" so that foreign students educated in the U.S. would get priority.

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