Effective June 26, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for foreign physicians under the Conrad 30 Waiver program and for interested government agency waivers. 

The announcement will provide relief to employers of foreign physicians that depend on issuance of such waivers to staff positions following residency and fellowship programs, typically set for July 1 start dates. 

Employers may now submit a request to upgrade pending H-1B petitions to premium processing by submitting Form I-907 and the required $1,225 fee.