H-1B holders can expedite the transfer process through premium processing. Premium processing will be able to provide a USCIS decision within 15 calendar days for a fee of $1,225.
However, it is important to note that premium processing does not guarantee that your transfer petition will be accepted. It only speeds up the processing time for your petition, nothing more. If you are transferring from a cap-exempt to a cap-subject employer, then you will need to be entered into the H-1B lottery. In this case, premium processing will also not guarantee you a spot in the annual cap or otherwise exempt you from the lottery.
You should also note that premium processing does not change your employment start date. You will be able to begin working for your new employer on October 1st of the year that the petition was filed. Check for H1B Visa Process in UT Evaluators
Important Update (3/3/2017):
The USCIS has recently announced that it will not be offering the premium processing service for all H-1B visa petitions for up to six months. This includes not only new H-1B petitions, but also petitions filed for H-1B extensions, H-1B amendments, and H-1B transfers.
Since this suspension will go into effect on April 3, 2017, the same day that the USCIS will begin accepting petitions, it applies to all petitions filed for the 2018 season. Fortunately, the USCIS will offer a refund to petitioners if the following to requirements are met:
A. The premium processing form I-907 was filed before April 3, 2017.
B. The USCIS failed to process the petition within 15 calendar days
The reason for this temporary suspension is so that the USCIS can address some petitions that have been pushed aside due to the increasing number of premium processing petitions being filed.
H-1B Visa Extension
Interested in revalidating or extending your H-1B visa? As a general rule of thumb, a United States visa is typically revalidated if you have the same classification in your passport as that which you’re trying to extend (or revalidate). Say you’re trying to get an H-1B visa but are currently in a different category.
That’s the type of situation that would be best suited for a transfer.If you meet the qualifications to file for an H-1B extension rather than a transfer, you’ll need to follow very specific protocol. Upon entering the country, the port of entry officer will issue an I-94 in your passport. For H1B Visa Evaluation Visit here
They will then write the validity period in the country on your I-94, which is basically the date in which your can stay legally in the U.S. until. At that point, you should file for an extension of stay as soon as possible before the duration of status expires.
H-1B Transfer Processing Time
Although it may vary from case to case, processing for an H-1B transfer typically takes 4-8 weeks after the application has been submitted to USCIS. Other factors that affect the H-1B transfer process length is the location of employment and which USCIS processing center is responsible for the application.