DOS announced on February 26, 2019 that in light of the suspension of routine visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, has been designated as the primary site to process immigrant visas for residents of Venezuela. The NVC will begin scheduling immigrant visa appointments in Bogota starting April 2019.


Nonimmigrant visa applications may be submitted at an embassy or consulate outside of Venezuela.

USCIS has resumed premium processing effective  Monday, Jan. 28, for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”).

USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time upon request of premium processing. If USCIS does not take adjudicative action within the 15‑calendar day processing time, USCIS refunds the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continues with expedited processing of the petition. This service will only be available for pending FY 2019 petitions, not new submissions.

The previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H-1B petitions to which it applied.

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