Has the H1B visa premium processing resumed for all applications?
There is plan to resume the premium processing as and when the workload will permit. However this will be for cap-exempt applications only.Source: USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt PetitionsPS: you could have done a simple search online for this.
Has premium processing for an H1B visa transfer resumed?
There is nothing called H1B Visa Transfer. If is like applying fresh albeit under Non-Cap aka no quota limit. So, if you are applying for Non-Cap Visa, you are saved that these can always be processed under Premium category.
How long does it take to get a receipt if I have filed a H1B transfer in premium processing?
Premium Processing has been suspended (USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions) for most H-1B petitions with an extension of status request. Generally, you can rely on USCIS having received a petition if you follow the FedEx tracking, but the receipt notice is the only real “proof” that the petition has been received. It usually takes about 1 week to get the receipt notice. If the petition was filed by Premium Processing and it was accepted, your employer or attorney may have already received an email from the service center by now.
Will USCIS resume premium processing for new H1B extension/transfer petitions on February 19, 2019?
We certainly hope so! It’s not guaranteed, however, and they have missed their expected deadlines in the past.Last Spring, for example, they announced that they would suspend cap-subject H1B petitions filed during the first week of April 2018. They expected to reinstate premium processing on September 10, 2018. Instead, they not only extended the suspension but also expanded it to apply to a much wider range of H1B extension cases as well as the lottery cases that were initially impacted. They expected that this version of the suspension would last through February 19, 2019.As of January 28, 2019, they resumed premium processing for April 2018 lottery cases. Believe it or not, a significant number of these are still pending in 2019! This announcement applied only to lottery cases, however, so we’re still waiting for premium processing to come back for impacted transfer petitions. As we have seen, they are not bound to their estimated deadlines, but the fact that they have already reinstituted premium processing for lottery cases is hopefully a good sign.
How does eliminating premium processing influence the H1B backlog?
In May 2015, USCIS put a similar temporary ban on premium processing. It was due to surge in amendment filings by all H-1B employers, which was declared mandatory by USCIS. Prior to this rule, amendment filing was optional with change in end-client, location and workplace by an H-1B employer.USCIS did removed this ban within 2 months, but they were unable to clear the huge backlog on H-1B petitions (New, Transfers and Amendments). More delay with accumulated applications led to increase in premium filings. This further increased processing time on H-1B applications in regular filing and in-turn created more H-1B application backlog.This time they have put a ban for 6 months. So they have more buffer time to work exclusively on H-1B applications filed in regular mode, without being affected by large number of premium filed applications.
How do I know my H1b visa was upgraded to Premium Processing?
You should not be paying the premium processing fee. YOur employer should be paying that, but there are a lot of unscrupulous consultancies which make the employees pay for it. if that is the case, you should look for a better job at a reputed institution soon.
How hard is to switch jobs after H1B premium processing is suspended?
To my knowledge, H1-B premium processing should not impact your job search/switching in any way. Previously, let’s assume we had 1000 open positions for foreign nationals every month. Now the count has dropped to half because of Trump’s administration. Premium processing itself will just expedite your result and will not impact your H1-B in any way. On the other hand, American companies have started to defy contractors from Indian consulting companies and have started to hire Americans. I heard from one of my friends that a small Indian consulting company (Not comfortable in giving out the name) has fired almost 100 H1-B holders due to lack of projects.Good Luck!