USCIS has once again announced the temporary suspension of the Premium Processing service for all cap-subject H-1B cases, including “Master’s Cap” cases.

The suspension is expected to last until September 10, 2018, but USCIS will notify the public before lifting the suspension.  Unlike last year, at least for now, USCIS will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not cap-subject including cases filed by cap-exempt institutions.

Any Form I-907 filed with a cap-subject case will be rejected. If the case is submitted with one check covering both the Form I-129 and the Form I-907, both forms will be rejected.  Once premium processing is resumed, petitioners will be able to interfile a Form I-907.

According to the USCIS, the purpose of the suspension is to:

  • Process long-pending petitions; and
  • Prioritize H-1B extension of status filings that are nearing the 240-day mark.

USCIS noted that petitioners still may request expedited processing (without an additional fee) if they can provide documentary evidence that at least one of the following expedite criteria is met:

  • Severe economic loss to company or person;
  • Emergency situation;
  • Humanitarian reasons;
  • Non-profit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the U.S.;
  • Department of Defense or national interest situation (these particular expedite requests must come from an official U.S. government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to the government);
  • USCIS error; or
  • Compelling interest of USCIS.

Expedited processing is a case-by-case determination and purely at the agency’s discretion. A grant of expedited processing is rare.

If you have any questions about your upcoming H-1B filing, please contact your Jackson Lewis attorney.

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Forrest Read is a Principal in the Raleigh, North Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has extensive experience in both business immigration law and employment law and has particular focus in legal issues in graduate medical education (GME).

Mr. Read’s immigration practice…

Forrest Read is a Principal in the Raleigh, North Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has extensive experience in both business immigration law and employment law and has particular focus in legal issues in graduate medical education (GME).

Mr. Read’s immigration practice focuses on assisting employers in obtaining employment-based nonimmigrant visas (e.g., H-1B, L, O, TN) for foreign national employees and work-related immigrant (green card) visas, including PERM Labor Certifications, and advising employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations. He has broad experience in advising large, mid-size and small employers on their various immigration needs and developing strategies to help them navigate through complex immigration issues. He also has particular experience in counseling employers in the health care industry and addressing immigration-related issues that arise for their broad range of health care professional employees (including advising on and obtaining employment authorization for medical residents and fellows and obtaining J-1 visa waivers for foreign national physicians completing their medical training in the United States). His immigration practice also includes defending employers in connection with Department of Labor H-1B and H-2B investigations.

Mr. Read’s employment law experience includes representing management, particularly academic medical centers in the GME context, in a wide array of workplace disputes and litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including matters related to discrimination, retaliation, harassment, disability, family and medical leave, various wage and hour issues, contracts, and intentional torts. He advises academic medical centers on the interplay between applicable academic law and employment law and the ramifications of what are divergent legal requirements and standards. Mr. Read also provides counsel with respect to the legal impact of competency standards for residents and trainees in GME, including situations involving discipline, remediation, and dismissal. He provides advice and guidance in the peer review process, including provision of verification and assessment of training in response to third party inquiries.

As a member of the Firm’s Corporate Diversity Counseling group, Mr. Read also has experience in providing assessments and making recommendations to corporate and institutional clients with respect to diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives, conducting related internal investigations, and shaping, developing and enforcing effective policies and initiatives to ensure consistency with client values and in furtherance of business goals and objectives.