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Premium Processing Suspended and Fee Increase

On August 28, 2018, USCIS published an announcement that it is extending the premium processing suspension for FY2019 H-1B cap petitions and also is expanding this suspension to include other types of H-1B petitions, most notably H-1B Change of Employer Petitions, as well as Amended H-1B Petitions. Premium processing will still be available for petitions filed by Cap-Exempt employers. It is also still available for employers filing H-1B petitions to continue the same employment without change. The expanded suspension program will take effect beginning September 11, 2018, and the Service expects the program to be in place until February 19, 2019.
For those H-1B and other nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions not impacted by the suspension of premium processing, USCIS is increasing the premium processing fee from $1,225 to $1,410, effective October 1, 2018.
With normal processing times routinely extending beyond six (6) months, payment of the premium processing fee has become routine and helps ensure timely response from the Service within 2 weeks. Delays in petition processing by USCIS often impacts international travel plans and, in some cases, critically impacts validity of immigration status and/or continuity of employment authorization.

If you have questions regarding suspension of the premium processing program, please contact Jenifer M. Brown, Christl Glier or Kristin Kelley.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.

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