On Tuesday, March 17th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) resumed adjudication of H-2B Visa petitions! They announced that they would continue the suspension on H-2B premium processing until further notice. Premium Processing is a service which for an added cost can be used to expedite processing of certain employment-based petitions and applications, such as an H-2B Visa petition.
On March 16, 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) requested and was granted a stay of the March 4th order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Perez v. Perez until April 15. That order vacated DOL’s H-2B regulations on the grounds that DOL had no authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to issue them.
Please review the link to USCIS News Alert, “USCIS Resumes H-2B Adjudications; Premium Processing Remains Suspended” for more information and for more background information, view our blog post, “USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of H-2B Petitions As of 3/5/2015“.
Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 3/17/15, News Alert:
USCIS Resumes H-2B Adjudications; Premium Processing Remains Suspended
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