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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing H-1B Extension Petitions

From May 26, 2015 until July 27, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not accept premium processing service requests for H-1B extension petitions.  Accordingly, employers will not be able to file a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, which requests a 15-day expedited adjudication of the Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, when extending H-1B status for employees currently in valid H-1B nonimmigrant classification.  USCIS will continue to expedite H-1B extension petitions that were submitted using premium processing service before May 26th.

During this time, premium processing service will remain available for all other Form I-129 petitions, including petitions subject to the H-1B cap that are requesting a change of nonimmigrant status or consular notification.

This temporary suspension will allow USCIS to implement a new rule allowing Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses and adjudicate applications for employment authorization filed by H-4 nonimmigrants under the new regulations.

For additional information, please refer to the USCIS website.


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