The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an unprecedented temporary halt to a service called Premium Processing for H-1B visas until October 2017. There was no indication from USCIS that this announcement was forthcoming. This change will have a major impact on current and future employees at the university. If you are now working on a J-1 or F-1 OPT visa status and plan to change to H-1B please speak to your OISS Advisor as soon as possible. More details are available here.