USCIS has announced that it will begin premium processing for cap subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, on April 27, 2015. USCIS also announced that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic number of premium processing cases received and also due to the cap being met in the first five business days of the filing season.
For H-1B petitions not subject to the cap and for any other visa classification, the 15-day processing period for premium processing service begins on the date USCIS receives the request. However, for cap subject H-1B petitions, including advanced degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing set by 8 CFR 103.7(e)(2) will begin on April 27, regardless of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice, which indicates the date that the premium processing fee was received.
USCIS provides the premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15 calendar day processing time. If you are interested in applying for an employment-based petition, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys!