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On Wednesday, September 30, the U.S. Congress passed, and the President signed into law the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act which provided for new and increased premium processing fees coupled with an authorized expansion of the case types eligible for premium processing.  On Friday, October 16, USCIS announced partial implementation of the law.    Beginning Monday, October 19, USCIS will collect […]

For the past few years, usually before it receives a deluge of new H-1B petitions in early April, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a partial suspension of its Premium Processing service, generally lasting three to six months for H-1B petitions. True to form, USCIS suspended premium processing this year as well, but this time the suspension was across the board for all types of petitions. USCIS justified these […]

On March 20 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the temporary suspension of the “premium processing” adjudication service until further notice.  With premium processing, USCIS guarantees action on the petition within 15 calendar days of receipt of the request along with payment of the required $1,440 premium processing filing […]

On Monday, July 24th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for H-1B petitions filed by institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations related to or affiliated with institutions of higher education, nonprofit research organizations, and governmental research organizations. Premium processing also resumed for H-1B petitions […]