On Monday, September 18th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 H-1B visa cap has been set by Congress at 65,000 visas plus 20,000 additional visas set aside for applicants with a master’s degree or higher.
When a petitioner requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time and if that can’t be met, the agency will refund the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continue with expedited processing of that application.
For more detailed information about this subject please review the USCIS news release, “USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas”.