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Uscis Has Reinstated Premium Processing for Cap-Exempt Petitioners

On July 24, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made an announcement that it is reinstating premium processing service for H-1B petitioners filed by specific cap-exempt petitioners, which include:

• Petitioners who seek to hire physicians who are recipients of Conrad 30 waivers [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]

• Institutions of higher education

• Not-for-profit organizations affiliated or associated with institutions of higher education

• Not-for-profit research or governmental research organizations.

Additionally, USCIS has indicated that that premium processing will resume for H-1B petitions that may be exempt, if the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization or entity.