The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) would start with premium processing for H-1B petitions on 27 April 2015. The premium processing also includes petitions looking for an exception for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. In a news release, USCIS has first announced that it would momentarily alter its premium processing practice because of the famous premium processing receipt levels, united with the odds that the H-1B cap would met in the initial 5 business days of the filing season.
USCIS offers premium processing service for specific employment-based petitions as well as guarantees 15-calendar-day processing time.
For H-1B visa petitions which are not subject to the limit and for any other visa categorization, the period of 15-day premium processing service starts on the date that US Citizenship and Immigration Services gets the request. But, for cap-subject H-1B visa petitions, counting advanced degree exception petitions, the 15-day processing period fixed by 8 CFR, will start on 27 April 2015, irrespective of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice that shows the date that the premium processing fee is obtained.