Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin May 12


April 22, 2016 (WASHINGTON) TheU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wll start processing the premium cap for H-1B visas, which allow foreign workers to come to the United States, as hired by employers. They tend to receive lower pay than American workers doing the same work. Companies can ask for exceptions for workers holding a masters degree or higher. This will start on May 12.

USCIS first announced in a news release that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic premium processing receipt levels, combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season.

USCIS provides premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time.

For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap and for any other visa classification, the 15-day processing period for premium processing service begins on the date that USCIS receives the request. However, for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including advanced degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing period set by 8 CFR 103.7(e)(2) will begin on May 12, 2016, regardless of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice, which indicates the date that the premium processing fee is received.

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