U.S. ALERT – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed for Conrad 30 Medical Doctors

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers. The Conrad 30 program allows certain medical doctors to stay in the United States on temporary visas after completing their medical training to work in rural and urban areas that have a shortage of physicians.

Eligible petitioners for medical doctors seeking H-1B status under the Conrad 30 program, or through an interested government agency waiver, can file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Form I-907 can be filed together with an H-1B petition or separately for a pending H-1B petition, USCIS noted.

USCIS said it plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit. “We will make additional announcements with specific details related to when we will begin accepting premium processing for those petitions,” the agency said. Until then, premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions. USCIS said it will reject any Form I-907 filed for those petitions, and if the petitioner submitted one check combining the Form I-907 and Form Iā€‘129 fees, USCIS will reject both forms.

The USCIS notice is at https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-resume-h-1b-premium-processing-physicians-under-conrad-30-waiver-program. Information on the Conrad 30 program is at https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/students-and-exchange-visitors/conrad-30-waiver-program. Information on interested government agency waivers is at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student/residency-waiver/request-by-federal-government-agency.html.