From April 3rd, 2017, the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) will NOT accept any Premium Processing for H-1B. That means no new H-1Bs can be filed in premium. Due to the fact that most H-1Bs are filed in Premium these days, the CIS is really behind on ordinary H-1Bs. This suspension may last up to 6 months. The only way to get faster processing will be through “Expedited Criteria, with definitive proof of one of the following criteria:
“USCIS review?s? all? expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership.? The burden is on the applicant or petitioner to demonstrate that one or more of the e?xpedite criteria have been met.??
?USCIS may expedite a? petition or application if it meets one or more of the following criteria:?
Severe financial loss to company or ?person?;?
Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States?;?
Department of Defense or ?n?ational ?i?nterest ?s?ituation (These particular expedite requests must come from an official U.S. government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to the government.);?
USCIS error; or?
Compelling interest of USCIS.”
For more information contact Banerjee & Associates