Guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time.
The 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. masterâ€™s degree or higher, from May 12.
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 processing time.
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 the request, according to a press release.
However, for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including advanced degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing period will begin on May 12, regardless of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice, which indicates the date that the premium processing fee is received.