USCIS Reported Ongoing Capacity Issues Which Result in Slower Processing Times but Selected Cap-Subject H-1Bs for FY17 are Being Prioritized

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has experienced ongoing processing delays which are leading to slower processing times for immigration benefits, particularly for H-1B petitions.

Many employers using regular processing are waiting 6-8 months for an H-1B adjudication including new filings and extension. If you are an employer or employee with an upcoming or pending H-1B filing, you should plan for these delays which will also affect plans to travel abroad.

The USCIS has advised that it is now prioritizing cap-subject H-1B filed for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) where beneficiaries are receiving “cap gap” status and work authorization extensions through September 30, 2016. As a result, we have begun receiving approvals of regularly filed cap-subject new H-1B. All of our premium processed cap-subject FY17 H-1B have been adjudicated.