Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B CAP Premium Processing Begins May 12, 2016

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USCIS began premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing service on May 12, 2016.

For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap and for any other visa classification, the 15-day processing period for premium processing service begins on the date that USCIS receives the request. However, for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including advanced degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing period set by 8 CFR 103.7(e)(2) began on May 12, 2016, regardless of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice, which indicates the date that the premium processing fee is received

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