As of Monday, January 28, 2019, the USCIS has resumed premium processing (15-calendar day adjudication) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Note: this applies to H-1B cases that were filed under last year’s cap in April 2018.
For all other categories of H-1B petitions, the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing unfortunately remains in effect. The USCIS previously “expect[ed] these suspensions [to] last until Feb. 19, 2019” but only time and “agency workloads” will tell.
The USCIS will continue to notify the public via uscis.gov of the resumption of premium processing for other categories of H-1B petitions. If premium processing resumes for your H-1B category, be sure to discuss the possibility of upgrading your case with your immigration attorney should you or your company so wish.
As of today, it is uncertain if premium processing will be available for H-1B cases filed under this year’s cap in April.
Clients can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding their H-1B case.