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USCIS Immigration Updates, March-April 2018

We are sharing the latest announcements direct from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the benefit of our readers and the viewing immigrant public.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on March 27, 2018; updated March 27, 2018

USCIS Immigration Updates, March-April 2018

March 24, 2018

Teleconference to discuss Form I-90, Application tio Replace Permanent Resident Card

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an online invitation for Stakeholders  “to participate in a teleconference on Tuesday, April 17, from 1 - 2 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Representatives from USCIS will provide an overview of the form, give helpful filing tips, and answer non-case specific questions. 

The Immigrant Visa Center has registered as a Stakeholder (pursuant to its role as Immigrant Advocates).

USCIS representatives will also provide an overview of myUSCIS and its newest features including an overview of online filing for Form I-90. myUSCIS is an online service that helps users and account holders navigate the immigration process. Through myUSCIS, users can also establish an online account to find up-to-date status information about pending immigration benefit requests.

We shalL keep you posted on the updates,.

Redesigned USCIS Webpage for easier Case Processing Updates

March 23, 2018

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today launched a pilot to test a redesigned processing times webpage that displays the data for all forms in an easier-to-read format and also tests a new way of collecting data and calculating the processing times for some forms.

The pilot will test four forms using a new automated methodology for calculating processing times. The four forms are:

  • Form N-400, Application for Naturalization;
  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card;
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status; and
  • Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

The new webpage makes it easier for anyone to see approximately how long it will take USCIS to process a form, which will help users determine when it is necessary to contact USCIS to make an inquiry if their case is outside the normal processing time.

Data Collection to improve easier, faster access to processing times.  For the four pilot forms, the information on the webpage reflects a new methodology for collecting and calculating processing times. The new methodology is automated, more accurate, and allows USCIS to post data on processing times within two weeks, compared to six weeks under the old methodology.

H-1B 2019 Filing and Processing

Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap.

However, there will be a temporary suspension of the premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher until September 10, 2018.

The USCIS said that during this time premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not subject to the FY 2019 cap would still be accepted.

Premium processing is the preferred route of U.S. Employer-H-1B petitioners since the regulations require the USCIS to render a decision on a complete petition that was accepted during the filing period.

“Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. Specifically, USCIS guarantees 15 calendar day processing to those petitioners or applicants who choose to use this service or USCIS will refund the Premium Processing Service fee. If the fee is refunded, the relating case will continue to receive expedited processing,” the USCIS website announcement states.

“We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions or making any other premium processing updates,” the announcement continued.

Premium Processing request to be rejected

“During this temporary suspension, we will reject any Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, filed with an FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petition. If a petitioner submits one combined check for the fees for Form I-907 and Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, we will reject both forms. When we resume premium processing, petitioners may file a Form I-907 for FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions that remain pending.”


The following table illustrates how fast the prevailing cap was reached from 2013.

H-1B Petitions are accepted only on the first business day of April.


April 5th , 2013


 5 Days


April 7th , 2014


 5 Days


April 7th , 2015


 5 Days


April 7th , 2016


 5 Days


April 7th , 2017


 5 Days

Exemption to suspension

“While premium processing is suspended, a petitioner may submit a request to expedite an FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petition if it meets the criteria on  (USCIS) Expedite Criteria webpage.”

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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