USCIS Extends Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing to February 19, 2019


During March of this year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the temporary suspension of premium processing services for all fiscal year 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions requesting an exemption from the general cap. USCIS announced that the suspension would last until September 10, 2018, in order to reduce H-1B processing times for long-pending petitions.

Temporary Suspension to Continue through February 19th

Recently, USCIS announced that the agency will be extending the temporary suspension until February 19, 2019.

USCIS has instructed H-1B applicants to refrain from submitting any premium processing requests using Form I-907 until the temporary suspension has been lifted, with the exception of cap-exempt filings.

Who May Not File a Premium Processing Request

During the temporary suspension period, cap-subject petitioners may not upgrade H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers.

The suspension will NOT apply to:

  1. Cap-exempt petitions filed exclusively at the California Service Center because the employer is cap exemptor because the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap exempt institution, entity, or organization; or
  2. Petitions filed exclusively at the Nebraska Service Center by an employer requesting a “Continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer” (Box b. on Part 2, Question 2, Page 2 of the current Form I-129) with a concurrent request to:
    • Notify the office in Part 4 so each beneficiary can obtain a visa or be admitted. (Box on Part 2, Question 4, Page 2 of the current Form I-129); or
    • Extend the stay of each beneficiary because the beneficiary now holds this status. (Box c. on Part 2, Question 4, Page 2 of the current Form I-129).
  1. Any other nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129.

For more information about the temporary suspension please click here.