The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have decided to make premium processing available again for H-1B visa petitions that were filed on or before December 21, 2018. On February 15, this year, the USCIS announced that starting on the same day, all those who received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition and those received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition were eligible for premium processing.

“If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition, and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling the petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with your premium processing request to avoid possible delays associated with the receipt of your premium processing request,” the press release reads.

It also explains that those who received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition should include their RFE response with premium processing request.

Such decision comes just days after the USCIS decided to bring back the premium processing for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B.

“On Jan. 28, we resumed premium processing for FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption. We plan to resume premium processing for the remaining categories of H‑1B petitions as agency workloads permit,” the press release explains.

It further notes that the previously announced suspension of premium processing (in August 2018) remains in effect for H-1B petitions that were filed after December 21, last year.

Premium processing enables a petitioner to receive an answer on their application within 15 days, for an additional fee of $1,225. If the answer is delayed, the USCIS refunds the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continues with expedited processing of the petition.

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