In March 2017, USCIS suspended premium processing for all H-1Bs (cap-subject and cap-exempt) for up to six months. Good news, courtesy of Law360:
An official with the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman’s Office indicated during a stakeholder call Tuesday that premium processing for H-1B visa petitions may be brought back “incrementally,” with the development coming about three months after the suspension was announced. Fred Troncone, a senior advisor for employment affairs at the CIS Ombudsman’s Office, shared on the call that he’d heard that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may resume premium processing, but that the restart could happen in phases.
“To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.” – Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Read the entire statement including a short FAQ here.
Some of the highlights over the past year include:
More than 400 USCIS employment-based immigration officers trained on startup businesses and the environment for early-stage innovation; and
More than 100 USCIS officers receiving additional specialized training to handle entrepreneur and startup cases.