USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

July 24, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately.  The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year.  Additionally, there is an annual "master's cap" of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master's degree or higher.

Premium processing will resume for petitions that may be exempt from the cap if the H-1B petitioner is:

  • An institution of higher learning
  • A nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education
  • A nonprofit research or governmental research organization