United States resumes fast processing of H-1B visa applications

Marco Green
September 19, 2017

India sends the maximum number of H-1B workers to the US.

In a major relief to Indian IT professionals on Tuesday, the United States citizenship and immigration services (USCIS) said that it has resumed fast processing of H-1B visas subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap that has been set at 65,000. Ow when the petitioners requested the agency's processing service, USCIS make sure that the process goes within 15-days processing time. And the processing for the premium has resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petition that is different to hire the workers at the USA higher education degree. The cap which is marked at 65,000.

In the interim, expedited consideration of H-1B petitions for which premium processing is not available may be sought if the petition meets specific agency criteria.

USCIS will release future announcements when we begin accepting premium processing for other H-1B petitions, not subject to the FY 2018 cap.

Earlier this year, USCIS had resumed the premium processing of H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program as well as interested government agency waivers and for certain H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap.

USCIS will review all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and will be granted by the office leadership. Premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions, such as extensions of stay.

The United States on Monday resumed fast processing of H-1B work visas in all categories, five months after suspending it because of a huge rush of applications.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant permit that allows companies in the USA to employ foreign workers in occupations that need specialised skills.

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