The AILA Service Center Operations (SCOPS) liaison committee expressed concern to USCIS that the significant delays in adjudicating cap-subject H-1B petitions at the two service centers will cause disruptions for employers who rely on the arrival of new H-1B workers and disruptions for the continued employment of F-1 practical trainees as H-1B workers, on October 1, 2012. SCOPS replied that USCIS understands AILA’s concerns about the processing times for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including cap-gap and consular notification cases.
Service Center Operations has made adjudication of these cases by October 1st a top priority by adding additional resources as available. USCIS states that service centers are doing their best to adjudicate these cases as soon as possible. AILA thanked SCOPS for that information and alerted them that petitioners are concerned that they will be forced to upgrade to premium processing.