News Release from Jewell Stewart & Pratt – March 3, 2017 On March 3, 3017, USCIS announced that starting April 3, 2017, it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. The temporary suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017, including all FY18 cap-subject H-1B petitions, including regular, master’s advanced degree, and cap-exempt cases. While premium processing is suspended, petitioners may submit a request to expedite an H-1B petition if they meet certain criteria. USCIS indicated that it needs the suspension to focus on reducing backlogs and processing times.
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