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US resumes fast-track processing of H-1B visa applications

Resumption. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will resume premium processing of the H-1B visa on Monday, January 28. (ASIAN AGE PHOTO)

WASHINGTON – The premium processing of applications for United States (US) H-1B visa in all categories resumes Monday January 28.

The US made the announcement Friday after lifting the temporary suspension it had slapped on the visa process in August last year with the aim of clearing the backlog of applications for the work visas.

The premium process allows US employer-applicants to seek fast-tracked assessment of their application within 15 days at a special fee. Although the process allows applicants to jump the queue by months, it only guarantees early decision but not the visa.

According to media reports, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced in a statement it “will resume premium processing on Monday, January 28, for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption (the ‘master’s cap’). Petitioners who have received requests for evidence (RFEs) for pending FY 2019 cap petitions should include their RFE response with any request for premium processing they may submit.”

America grants 85,000 visas every year under the H-1B programme to allow US companies to hire foreign professionals for high skilled jobs where there is a shortage of local talent.

The Trump administration is overhauling the programme to prevent alleged abuse.

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