Washington sources have stated that the US has resumed the premium processing of all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal 2018 cap, five months after it was suspended to check the rush of work visas popular among Indian techies. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed the premium processing on Monday. The suspension has, however, been revoked subject to a limit mandated by the US Congress. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas.
Meanwhile the premium processing also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions that are set aside to hire workers with a US master’s degree or higher educational degree. Premium processing of H1B visa was suspended in April to manage a huge rush of new petitions. H-1B visas are one of the most opted visas in the US that provide skilled workers from foreign countries to work in a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, academic research, and accounting. It is used mostly by Indian IT professionals.
When a petitioner requests the agency’s premium
processing service, the USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. The USCIS
said “If the 15 calendar day processing time is not met, the agency will refund
the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continue with expedited
processing of the application”.
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