H1-B Visas Update

Starting April 3, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to six months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, Georgia Tech cannot file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. USCIS will notify the public before resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions.


  1. Does this impact me? Global Human Resources is reviewing the potential impact to all employees currently in H-1B status and/or those who are likely to need H-1B status in the near future. If we determine you may be impacted by this suspension, we will communicate with you and your department.
  2. Has this happened before? USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing for H-1B extensions in the past in preparation for an increased workload caused by the H-1B cap season.
  3. Can my petition be submitted before April 3, 2017? Global Human Resources is reviewing all potentially impacted employees to determine if filing a request for premium processing prior to  is possible and/or necessary.

Global HR is Georgia Tech’s primary resource for matters involving the employment and taxation of foreign nationals on campus as well as providing guidance for the Institute’s employees working outside of the United States.

Have a New Immigration Document? If you are a foreign national employee and have received a new immigration document (passport, visa, I-94, EAD, green card, etc.) let us know! Please complete the Immigration Document Update e-form in iStart under the Foreign National Employees menu. 

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