The premium processing facility provides expedited processing of the H-1B application.
The US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcedÂ on MondayÂ that it has resumed the premium processing of H-1B visas for medical doctors under theÂ Conrad 30 WaiverÂ program.
The USCIS in March had announced that it has temporarily stopped the processing of premium processing of H-1B visa until further notice.
The premium processing facility provides expedited processing of the H-1B application and USCIS guarantees 15 calendar-day processing. By availing the premium processing service of USCIS, applicants donâ€™t have to wait for a longer period if they are on a critical project.
The official USCIS website has now put up an alert that said, â€œStarting June 26, 2017, USCIS will resume premium processing for H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver program, as well as Interested Government Agency (IGA) waivers.â€
The Conrad 30 Waiver program allows J-1 medical doctors to apply for a waiver of the 2-year residence requirement upon completion of the J-1 exchange visitor program. It allows certain medical doctors to stay in the United States on a temporary visa after completing their medical training to work in rural and urban areas that have a shortage of physicians.
For the premium processing of H-1B, an applicant has to pay an additional cost of $1,225. Premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions.
Announcing that it is temporarily suspending the premium processing for six months, USCIS said that the agency was forced to take such a move as there was an unprecedented surge in the number of premium processing applications.
â€œThis program improves health care access for Americans living in underserved areas, and we are pleased to resume premium processing for these petitions,â€ said USCIS Acting Director James McCament.
USCIS also announced that it will reject any Form I-907 filed for those petitions, and if the petitioner submitted one check combining the Form I-907 and Form I 129 fees, USCIS will have to reject both forms.