Premium Processing Service to Resume for H1B Extensions13 Jul 2015
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this morning that acceptance of premium processing requests for H1B extension of status petitions would resume, effective today, July 13, 2015. Any premium processing requests for H1B extensions received before July 13, 2015 will be rejected.
The USICS had announced on May 19, 2015 that premium processing services would be suspended for H1B extension of status petitions from May 26, 2015 through July 27, 2015. This action was taken to allow the USCIS to process the expected high volume of applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) by H-4 dependents eligible under the new H-4 EAD rules.
The USCIS has now announced that its current workloads allow for resuming to normal premium processing services for H1B extensions at this time, somewhat earlier than originally announced.
This is a welcome development. The unavailability of premium processing for H1B extensions has been causing serious problems for both employers and employees for the past several weeks.
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