USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for 2018/19 H-1B Cap Petitions
USCIS announced it will temporarily suspend premium processing for 2018/19 H-1B cap petitions. Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap. USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. This suspension is expected to last until Sept. 10, 2018.
During this time, USCIS will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not subject to the FY 2019 cap, and will will notify the public before resuming premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions or making any other premium processing updates.
This temporary suspension will help USCIS reduce overall H-1B processing times.