IT personnel are impacted by changes to the premium processing service
Indian IT workers have taken a special like to premium processing, but it will be another six months before businesses can once again skip the line. The service is approved for H-1B visa applicants who submit Forms L-129 and L-140. By paying an additional cost on top of the filing fee, some employment-based immigration claims may be expedited and completed in 15 days. Without the additional cost, processing typically takes six months.
USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) stated on August 31 that the premium processing charge for a USA visa will rise from $1225 to $1410, or roughly 15%. The charge has not been increased since 2010, and the additional revenue it will bring in will be used to modernize IT systems and hire more employees so that claims for immigration benefits may be handled more quickly.
However, starting in March of this year, all petitions from candidates with a US Master’s degree or higher certification were temporarily halted for six months. The suspension period was supposed to last until September 10th, but last week USCIS announced that it would be extended up to February 19th, 2019 for cap-subject H-1B requests and some additional H-1B petitions because they were unable to clear the backlog of the extremely high volume of petitions.