FAQs about the New High-Skilled Workers Rule
and Its Impact on New H-1B Visas
On January 17, 2017, the final Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule entitled “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” took effect.
The rule amended regulations related to various employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, including the H-1B.
Since this is the first filing season where it will be in effect, we wanted to provide answers to the commonly asked questions about the changes.
Beginning April 3, 2017, premium processing for the H-1B, which is an expedited service offered for an additional fee, will be temporarily suspended. USCIS has indicated the suspension may last up to six months.