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USCIS suspends premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions

  1. Date Announced

    March 20, 2018

    USCIS announces a suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, until September 10, 2018. USCIS states that the pause will allow it to process "long-pending petitions" that have been sidelined as premium requests have grown. [ID #503]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 2, 2018
  3. Subsequent Action

    March 20, 2018

    USCIS resumes premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.

    USCIS Notice: Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10
  4. Subsequent Action

    August 26, 2018

    On August 28, 2018, USCIS announces an extension of the suspension until February 19, 2019, as well as an expansion of its coverage to include additional types of H-1B petitions. Starting on June 10, 2019, USCIS will accept 15-day premium processing requests for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap cases.

    USCIS News Alert: USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays

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