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H1B Extension Premium Processing Resumes

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H-1B premium processing resumesUPDATE: USCIS will resume premium processing on petitions for H1B extension on July 13, 2015. The Agency had suspended H1B extension premium processing in May 2015.

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 Premium Processing Requests for H1B extensions of stay. However, they continued premium processing of H1B Extension petitions with filing dates prior to May 26, 2015.

USCIS refunded the H1B premium processing fee if:

  • A petitioner filed H1B petitions prior to May 26, 2015, requesting premium processing. And,
  • USCIS did not act on the petition 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.

USCIS imposed this temporary suspension of H1B extension premium processing to enable timely implementation of  Employment Authorization for Certain H4 Spouses (H4 EAD) final rule, and adjudication of those H4 EAD applications under those new regulations.

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