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DHS to Increase Premium Processing Fee As of October 1

DHS published a final rule in today’s Federal Register increasing the premium processing filing fee by 14.92 percent, changing it from $1,225 to $1,410. The rule is effective October 1, 2018, and applications postmarked on or after that date must include the new fee.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas

On September 18, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2018 cap. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions that are set aside to hire workers with a U.S. master’s degree or higher educational degree. USCIS previously resumed premium processing H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers and for certain H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap. Premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions, such as extensions of stay.

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, including petitions where the petitioner is an institution of higher education, a nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education, or a nonprofit research or governmental research organization. Effective immediately, those cap-exempt petitioners who are eligible for premium processing can file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The Form I-907 can be filed together with an H-1B petition or separately for a pending H-1B petition. USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit.

Premium Processing for H-1B’s continues

USCIS announced that, starting today, it will resume accepting Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service (with an edition date of January 29, 2015), for all H-1B extension of stay petitions. Premium processing for H-1B extensions had been suspended since May 26, 2015, so that USCIS could implement the final rule providing employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses in a timely manner. USCIS clarified that it will accept an I-907 premium processing request on any H-1B extension petition, including pending petitions filed during the premium processing moratorium. If an I-907 was filed and/or received by USCIS prior to July 13, 2015, it will be rejected.

Premium Processing Form Updated

June 1, 2015, USCIS began accepting only the new version of Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, with an edition date of January 29, 2015. Previous editions of the form submitted on or after June 1, 2015, will be rejected.

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