By: Navdeep Meamber
Effective October 3, 2017, USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H1B petitions which includes H1B cap, H1B amendment, H1B extension and H1B transfer. Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. Under the premium process, USCIS has 15-calendar days to process the H1B petition. The 15-calendar day period begins when USCIS receives the Request for Premium Processing Service. If accepted for premium processing, USCIS will issue an approval notice/a denial/ intent to deny/ a request for evidence (RFE) within the 15-calendar day period. In case of an RFE, a new 15 calendar day period begins upon receipt of the RFE response by USCIS. Premium processing can be requested by filing a form I-907 along with USCIS fee of $1225.