H1B Premium Processing Date Adjusted and Expected to Fill by First 5 Business Days

USCIS, on March 12, 2015, announced a temporary adjustment in its current premium processing receipt levels. In order to prioritize data entry for cap subject H-1B petitions, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions requesting premium processing no later than May 11, 2015, states the release. This decision is based on adjustments to its current processing practice base on historic premium processing receipt levels and the expectation that USCIS will meet the petition cap in first five business days for FY-2016 filing season.

Some tips provided by USCIS

  • H-1B petitioners are reminded that when the temporary employment or training will be in different locations, the state where your company or organization’s primary office is located will determine the appropriate Service Center to which you should send your Form I-129 package, regardless of where in the United States the various worksites are located.
  • Please ensure that when temporary employment or training will be in different locations, the address on page 1, part 1 of Form I-129 is for your organization’s primary office.
  • Please note that when listing a home office as a work site location on Part 5, question 3, USCIS will consider this a separate and distinct work site location.
  • Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee.

As previously known, if USCIS receives an excess of petitions, the agency will use a lottery system to randomly select the number of petitions required to meet the cap. All unselected petitions that are subject to the cap as well as any petitions received after the cap has closed will be rejected. USCIS used the lottery for the FY 2015 program last April.

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