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USCIS resumes premium processing for certain cap-exempt H1B visas

  1. Date Announced

    July 24, 2017

    USCIS resumes premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Premium processing will resume for petitions that may be exempt from the cap if the H-1B petitioner is: an institution of higher education; a nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or a nonprofit research or governmental research organization. [ID #478]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 24, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

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