The Trump administration has suspended expedited processing of H-1B visas effective April 3, the first business day following the close of the annual lottery that determines who will receive one of the 85,000 coveted visas.
The decision means no more short wait times for employers that want to bring in highly skilled foreign workers. The expedited process—which requires an additional $1,225 fee—ensures a response within 15 days from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Standard applications can take between three and six months.
The suspension could last up to six months.