USCIS announced that it will now accept premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting on October 3, 2017. The Trump Administration had temporarily suspended premium processing for H-1B petitions during the H-1B cap processing in April of 2017. During the summer of 2017, USCIS had slowly started to accept premium processing for some – but not all – categories of H-1B petitions. The inability to get an H-1B petition approved on an expedited, “premium processing” basis caused delays and financial hardship for some employers and foreign workers. Premium Processing is once again available for all H-1B petitions although premium processing is likely to be suspended again in April 2018.
By: Camiel Becker