PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR ALL H-1B cases

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request.

When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If not take certain adjudicative action within the 15‑calendar day processing time, USCIS refunds the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continues with expedited processing of the petition.

 

Source: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-all-h-1b-petitions

USCIS Latest Denial Trends

USCIS has published the denial report for 2018 at

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/Reports%20and%20Studies/Immigration%20Forms%20Data/BAHA/h-1B-quarterly-requests-for-evidence-2015-2019-Q1-top-30-employers.pdf 

It is astonishing that numerous continuation cases are also being denied for major US corporations and it, unfortunately, is bound to have a ripple effect on the quality of work when people are required to stop work that they have been performing for a long time. Some major companies seem to have had more than 50% of their cases denied for their last year April filings.

 

Denials for IT SERVICES Based Companies

USCIS has released some interesting statistics today on recent H-1B adjudications,.

Below is a snippet of key points from Forbes.com link 

In FY 2018, USCIS denied 80% of the H-1B petitions for new (initial) employment for Capgemini, a French multinational, 61% for U.S. company Cognizant, and between 34% and 54% for IT services companies Syntel, Infosys, Mindtree and HCL America. To put these figures in perspective, major U.S. tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Apple, had 1% or 2% of their new H-1B petitions denied in FY 2018.

USCIS says 60% of all completed H-1B cases received a Request for Evidence in the first quarter of FY 2019, which companies consider a high level that adds time, cost and uncertainty to the process. FY 2018 data show even H-1B extensions for existing employees were denied about 25% of the time for many IT services and consulting companies, even though such employees had been previously approved for visas.