H1B Extension Premium Processing Resumes
On May 26, 2015, USCIS began a temporary suspension of H1B extension premium processing until July 27, 2015. During this period, USCIS did not accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an extension of stay for an H1B nonimmigrant. However, USCIS did continue H1B Extension premium processing of petitions filed with Form I-907 premium requests prior to May 26, 2015.
USCIS refunded the H1B premium processing fee if:
- A petitioner filed H1B petitions prior to May 26, 2015, using premium processing service, and
- USCIS did not act on the case within the 15-calendar-day period.
Premium processing remains available for all other H1B petitions, including cap-subject H1B petitions requesting a change of nonimmigrant status or consular notification.
This temporary suspension of H1B extension premium processing was imposed to allow USCIS to implement the Employment Authorization for Certain H4 Spouses (H4 EAD) final rule in a timely manner, and to adjudicate applications for employment authorization filed by H4 nonimmigrants under the new regulations.
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