December 18, 2018

Can H-1B Premium Processing Help

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The USCIS extends a special feature called premium processing to all visa applicants who use either the I-129 or I-140 petition forms. For $1,225, you can shorten your petition’s H-1B processing time from several months to just 15 calendar days. However, this period only begins when the USCIS announces that it is starting to processes petitions with premium processing. Be sure to check the USCIS website to learn when that begins.Check for H1B Visa Process in UT Evaluators

For many work visas that require an I-129, premium processing is a welcome advantage. However, the cap-subject H-1B process has very specific and immutable dates that cannot be altered by this feature. Whether you use premium processing or not, your employer will still only be able to file your petition on April 1, 2017 and you will only be able to start working on or after October 1, 2017. So you will have to wait at least six months from filing to your employment start date, making premium processing significantly less effective.

However, if you are filing a petition to transfer your status to a new employer, filing for an H-1B extension, filing for a cap-exempt H-1B, or responding to an RFE, you are not bound by these dates and can file whenever you need to, which may be the perfect situation for premium processing.

Also, keep in mind that premium processing does not increase your H-1B petition’s chances of being approved or selected in the lottery, it only speeds up the process and can only be used for the I-129 and I-140 petitions. For H1B Visa Evaluation Visit here

While premium processing might seem like a good idea to shorten the H-1B processing time, it is always a good idea to discuss decisions like this with your immigration attorney to see if your case can benefit from this feature.

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