On Thursday, May 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2017 cap, including H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher.
USCIS first announced that we would begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 16th in a USCIS news release dated March 16, 2016, so they are moving ahead quickly. USCIS provides premium processing service for an extra cost, for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time.
Note: USCIS encourages H-1B applicants to subscribe to the H-1B Cap Season email updates located on the H-1B FY2017 Cap Season Web page.
Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 4/22/16, News Alert:
Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin May 12
USCIS.gov, 4/7/16, Web Page:
H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Cap Season
USCIS.gov, 3/16/16, News Release:
USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 Beginning April 1, 2016