Halt On Fast H-1B Extensions Could Have Spillover Effects

Law360, New York (May 21, 2015, 7:48 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to suspend faster processing on H-1B stay extensions because of the anticipated wave of H-4 work requests, a move attorneys say might have unintended consequences that include slowing the H-4 permit process and hampering foreign workers’ ability to get driver's licenses.

USCIS said Tuesday that the agency would temporarily suspend premium processing on extension of stay requests for H-1B workers from May 26 until July 27, meaning that during that period it won’t be possible to pay a $1,225 fee and have the petition processed within 15 days.

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