The USCIS announced today that it will suspend Premium Processing Service for all H-1B extensions starting May 26, 2015 until July 27, 2015.
The USCIS indicated that this temporary suspension will allow to implement the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses final rule in a timely manner and adjudicate applications for employment authorization filed by H-4 non immigrants under the new regulations.
Every day our clients ask us what to do in order to request to Employment Authorization Documents for spouses and, unfortunately, we cannot advice them so far. The USCIS has not issued clear instruction on this issue yet. This temporarily suspension is a good sign. It is clear that the USCIS anticipates a high number of applications and allocates its resources accordingly. Hopefully, we will receive more elaborate explanations on how to request the EADs and more details on the process.
Remember that on May 26, 2015 the USCIS should start accepting the request for H-4 spouses’ EADs.