Sunday , February 25 2018

United States temporarily suspends premium processing for H-1B visas

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily announced suspensions of premium processing for all H-1B visas and this suspension may last up to 6 months.

President Donald Trump promised the American people he would put American workers first and the time has come he made good on that promise. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily announced suspensions of premium processing for all H-1B visas and this suspension may last up to 6 months. The suspension will majorly affect all the businesses over the world, particularly the Indians who receive approximately 70% of the non-immigrant visas.

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Starting April 3, 2017 The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will temporarily suspend its premium processing for all H1-B petitions. Due to the suspension petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907 to Request for Premium Processing Service  and for a Form I-129 which files Petition for a Non immigrant Worker which requests the H-1B non immigrant classification. The date till when the process is suspended has still not been announced, though USCIS has stated that it may last up to 6 months.

 

On Friday in a press release USCIS stated, that the temporary suspension will help the government “reduce overall H1-B processing times.”  By temporarily suspending premium processing, we will be able to process due to large number of incoming petitions. It also Prioritize arbitration of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240 day mark.

H1-B is a non-immigrant visa that allows United State companies to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations that require technical or theoretical expertise. Technology companies, including those from India, depend on it for hiring tens of thousands of employees each year.

Under the existing system, a company who is sponsoring a current employee or potential employee’s H-1B appeal may fill out a form to advance the processing of that petition. After paying an additional $1,225 fee for this service, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  responds in 15 days, whereas standard H-1B petitions may take anywhere between 3 to 6 months to receive a judgement.

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