USCIS Delay in Entering Premium Processing Receipts; Fees to Be Returned
April 24, 2017
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has received confirmation from the USCIS that any H-1B extension case filed with a request for premium processing that was not entered into the system by April 3, 2017, will have the premium processing fee refunded or returned. The USCIS indicated that all petitions for which a refund is issued will be processed as quickly as possible, but the standard 15 day processing period will not apply.
The Nebraska Service Center (where most H extensions are filed) reportedly received a high volume of H-1B extension petitions filed with a request for premium processing prior to the suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions and was not able to enter all receipts into their system.
AILA reports that petitions in which the premium processing fee was paid separately from the other filing fees will have the fee returned as soon as the case is entered into the system. If the filing included one check for all applicable filing fees, then the premium processing refund will be issued by the Burlington Finance Center after the case is entered into the system and the check is deposited.