USCIS announced today, October 3rd, that they have resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions, which includes transfers, extensions, and amendments. Please note that there is a $1,225 government filing fee which must be included with the premium processing request.
With premium processing, USCIS guarantees a 15-calendar day processing time from the date of receipt, which is typically issued 2-4 days after a case is filed. Please note that if USCIS issues a Request for Evidence (RFE) for an H-1B petition, once the response has been submitted, the 15-calendar day processing time restarts.
When is premium processing recommended?
Not all H-1Bs need to be filed with or upgraded to premium processing. For example, if a candidate's H-1B extension was filed in a timely manner and they have no upcoming international travel plans, premium processing is not necessary. An H-1B amendment also does not require to be filed with premium processing.
Premium processing is recommended if:
- A candidate's current status is about to expire or has already expired
- A candidate needs to renew their driver's license or needs to apply for something that is dependent on the approval notice
- A candidate needs to travel internationally and their case is either still pending with USCIS or they need to renew their visa stamp abroad
Please let us know or reach out to your provider if you have questions about whether or not a case should be filed with or upgraded to premium processing.