Do you think applying for H1B visa approval will be higher through Premium Processing or even getting selected in the lottery?
Most of the first-time H-1B visa petitioners tend to have the same above question. If you happen to read the latest H-1B visa approvals, only petitions submitted through premium processing got their receipt numbers, and a considerable number got approved.
H1B Visa Filing fees shows that it costs additional $1225 to apply for Premium Processing.
H1B Visa Approval with Premium Processing
By paying an additional $1,225 to the H-1B filing of fees, your application will be processed within 15 days.
All H-1B visa petitions will be received by the USCIS within the first five business days of April, the 15-day premium processing window starts based on when USCIS will report. Sometimes it would require as much as 20 days before USCIS can being the count for 15 calendar days for Premium Processing.
However, for the cases received after that, the 15-day processing will start from the day when the USCIS receives an application physically. This is what USCIS had to say about this matter:
For cases filed for premium processing during the initial five-day filing window, the 15-day premium processing period began April 26th (for FY2016)
For cases filed for premium processing after the filing window, the premium processing period begins on the date USCIS takes physical possession of the petition.
Premium Processing and Approval Rate
PP service is just a faster way to get approval. The USCIS should approve the application submitted through Regular Processing and Premium processing in the same way.
Verification and checks performed by the USCIS would be the same for both types of processing. Premium processing should get your approval notice within 15 days if there were no issues with your application and your candidacy. If USCIS need more information about your H1B petition, an RFE will be sent by the case adjudicator.
- With regular processing, it will take 4-5 months to get the H-1B visa approval notice.
RFE and Premium Processing
But what if an RFE is issued to premium processing case, how does the 15-day period apply?
15 Day window will start after the response for RFE is received by USCIS.
Let’s look at this scenario:
If the USCIS issues an RFE on the 10th day of the Premium Processing, and USCIS receives a response to RFE within a week, then would USCIS process the application in with new clock of 15 days.
After observing the trend in H1B Visa over last 15 years, premium processing doesn’t impact the lottery selection chances or increase the approval rate of applications.
The only benefit, you would get is a faster decision from USCIS.