H-1B For Teachers : Premium Processing
- February 17, 2019
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Just like for any other H-1B visa option, the USCIS typically extends a premium processing service to teachers who wish to work on H-1B status. This service will shorten the usual processing time from up to six or seven months to just 15 calendar days for a fee of $1,225. This feature does not guarantee you a position in the H-1B lottery nor does it change the earliest start date for your employment (October 1st) Check for H1B Visa Process in UT Evaluators
However, there have been times when the USCIS has suspended the premium processing service for H-1B visas. This was done in 2015 and has happened again in 2017. This current suspension applies to all H-1B visa petitions including transfers, extensions, and petitions filed under the master’s degree exemption.
Recap–H-1B for Teachers Exemption Scenarios
Let’s recap what we’ve explored thus far regarding H-1B for teachers. There are two main instances in which an H-1B petition may be subject to the cap. The first is that the petitioner has already been subject to the cap in the previous six years.
In that case, the USCIS may process the amendment, change of employer or amendment without it counting towards the cap a second time. The second scenario is an individual who was granted H-1B status in the last six years but is currently living outside the United States. They have the option to reclaim the remaining time they have. For H1B Visa Process Visit here
If you are not cap-exempt, then you initially have a three-year period of stay once your petition is approved with the option to extend it for an additional three years for a total of six years. It’s crucial to get started filing the paperwork right away if you’re a new petitioner because the USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions in April. Also, don’t delay the process if you are seeking a less involved request because delays may arise.