USCIS announced today that it will extend the suspension of Premium Processing to cap-subject H1B petitions beyond September 1, 2018. It is now expanding this suspension from September 11, 2018 for all H1B petitions that are filed at Vermont Service Center or California Service Center. It expects to resume Premium Processing for all H1B petitions by February 19, 2019. This suspension will not affect the following H1B petitions -
- Cap-exempt petitions that are filed exclusively at the California Service Center because the employer is cap-exempt or because the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap exempt institution, entity, or organization; or
- H1B petitions filed with the Nebraska Service Center by an employer requesting a “Continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer”.
This temporary suspension of premium processing will not apply to any other nonimmigrant classifications filed on Form I-129.