• USCIS Resumed premium processing for Physicians

    Effective June 26rd 2017, USCIS will resume premium processing of H1B applications for Physicians. All other categories will continued to be processed under regular processing.

    Rumor from the law community is that USCIS will initially start premium processing for H1B Extensions and Transfers and then for amendments and new H1Bs. Premium processing for all categories is expected to start in July 2017. USCIS didn't provide any information on current news release.

    Currently, H1B regular processing petitions are taking just around 3 months for processing, which is a good sign. This is the best performance of USCIS in processing H1B petitions since 2009.

    Here is complete text of USCIS premium processing update

    Release Date: June 23, 2017
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that starting Monday, June 26, the agency will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers. The Conrad 30 program allows certain medical doctors to stay in the United States on a temporary visa after completing their medical training to work in rural and urban areas that have shortage of physicians.

    “This program improves health care access for Americans living in underserved areas, and we are pleased to resume premium processing for these petitions,” said USCIS Acting Director James McCament.
    Starting June 26, eligible petitioners for medical doctors seeking H-1B status under the Conrad 30 program, or through an interested government agency waiver, can file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Form I-907 can be filed together with an H-1B petition or separately for a pending H-1B petition.

    USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit. We will make additional announcements with specific details related to when we will begin accepting premium processing for those petitions.

    Until then, premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions. USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed for those petitions, and if the petitioner submitted one check combining the Form I-907 and Form I‑129 fees, USCIS will have to reject both forms.

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