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Premium Processing for H-1b Petitions

On June 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on that it will reintroduce Premium Processing for H-1B petitions.

Earlier this year, on April 3, 2017, USCIS had suspended this program for all H-1B petitions.

The reintroduction will be done in stages, beginning with H-1Bs filed under the Conrad 30 Waiver program for medical doctors working in underserved areas. [The Conrad 30 Waiver program allows J-1 medical doctors to apply for a waiver for the 2-year residence requirement upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program. See section 214(l) of the Immigration Nationality Act (INA). The program addresses the shortage of qualified doctors in medically underserved areas.]

As the USCIS assesses its workload, it will announce when other H-1B petitions can be filed under (or, if already pending, upgraded to) Premium Processing.