USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for fiscal year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of Monday, January 28, 2019, its premium processing services will resume for all cap subject cases filed for fiscal year 2019. The premium processing option requires an additional fee and ensures that the government will take action on the petition within 15 business days. Premium processing for H-1B cap petitions was suspended on April 2, 2018, the first day of filing season for the current fiscal year and has remained unavailable since this date. Please note: the resumption only applies to cap subject cases and premium processing remains suspended for all other H-1B petitions subject to the suspension. H-1B extensions filed by an employer requesting a “continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer” were never subject to the suspension and remain eligible for premium processing.