On April 27, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.
USCIS first announced in a news release
that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to
the historic premium processing receipt levels, combined with the
possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days
of the filing season.
USCIS provides premium processing service
for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day
For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the
cap and for any other visa classification, the 15-day processing period
for premium processing service begins on the date that USCIS receives
However, for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including advanced
degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing period set by 8 CFR
103.7(e)(2) will begin on April 27, 2015, regardless of the date on the
Form I-797 receipt notice, which indicates the date that the premium
processing fee is received.