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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Premium Processing Resumed for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, USCIS resumed premium processing services for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018.

If you received a transfer notice on a pending H-1B petition and are requesting premium processing service, it will be necessary to submit the premium processing request to the service center reflected on the transfer notice, along with a copy of the transfer notice to avoid any delays that might be associated with the timely receipt of the premium processing request.  For Requests for Evidence (RFE) on a pending petition, you will also need to include the RFE response with the premium processing request.

Please note that in the event a premium processing request (on a transferred petition) was sent to the wrong service center, the petition will be forwarded to its current center location by the USCIS, but the premium processing clock will not commence until the request has been received at the correct center. It is important to understand where the request for premium processing should be sent when a petition has been transferred.  Please note the following:

Nebraska Service Center
USPS:
USCIS Nebraska Service Center
P.O. Box 87129
Lincoln, NE 68501-7129
FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
USCIS Nebraska Service Center
850 S Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Vermont Service Center
USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
USCIS Vermont Service Center
Attn: I-129 H-1B
30 Houghton Street
St. Albans, VT 05478-2399

USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time when a premium processing request is filed correctly. If the petition is not processed within the 15 calendar day processing time, USCIS will refund the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continue with expedited processing of the petition.

Please also be advised that on Jan. 28, 2019 USCIS resumed premium processing for FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS plans to resume premium processing service for the remaining H-1B categories and will provide public notification at uscis.gov when they begin accepting premium processing for these other categories.

For additional information, please reference: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-h-1b-petitions-filed-or-dec-21-2018.
 
 

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