USCIS reopens H-1B program for some doctors

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has resumed premium processing for all 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 a temporary visa after completing their medical training to work in rural and urban areas that have shortage of physicians.

“This program improves health care access for Americans living in underserved areas, and we are pleased to resume premium processing for these petitions,” said USCIS Acting Director James McCament.

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

USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit. The agency will make additional announcements with specific details related to when they will begin accepting premium processing for those petitions.

Until then, premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B visa petitions. USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed for those petitions.

Article published 28th June 2017