USCIS to delay H-1B premium processing, but no word on when or for how long

Published: 03/12/2018


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    U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily delay fast-tracked processing of H-1B visas, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The premium processing delay will affect for-profit companies competing for an 85,000 annual visa allotment, but it's unclear when it will happen or how long the delay will last.

The delay will likely occur after an upcoming April lottery, says the Chronicle. Those who are selected could be eligible for work in 2019, but they still must undergo additional evaluation for work clearance in the U.S. The Chronicle says that this is where employers might feel the pain, unable to pay a $1,225 fee for a quick 15-day processing and potentially having to put projects on hold until they know they are staffed.

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