H-1B: Limited Premium Processing Reinstated

On April 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions. With an additional filing fee of $1,225, USCIS would expedite and review the H-1B filing within 15 days. Since the suspension, employers have only been able to request premium processing under very limited circumstances by showing, for example, humanitarian reasons or emergency situations.

On June 23, USCIS announced that starting June 26, it will resume premium processing for one particular type of H-1B petition, namely, H-1B petitions for physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program. The Conrad 30 waiver program was implemented to allow foreign trained physicians, usually in primary care, in J-1 status with a two-year home residency requirement to remain in the U.S., but they must serve in an underserved geographical area for a minimum of three years. H-1Bs filed based on an approved Conrad 30 waiver will now be able to premium process. The premium processing suspension remains for all other H-1B filings.