In their website, USCIS says the following, regarding H-1B visa:

USCIS provides premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time.

But is it a 15-day period from what? From the day they receive the petition? The day they enter the petitioner's data into the system? The day they posted the receipt?

I couldn't find this information anywhere.

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USCIS guarantees that it will process all H1-B applications with premium processing within 15 calendar days of April 28th. So you should hear by May 13th at the latest. Good luck!

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    Can you provide a link to back that up? Not that we don't believe you, it's just useful for the site to have a reference.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 6:07
  • @MarkMayo: sure, sorry. Here's the reference: uscis.gov/news/alerts/…
    – mango45
    Commented May 11, 2014 at 20:40
  • Cool, thanks. Next time edit it into the answer - I've done it for you this time. Have removed the post notice as well. Cheers!
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 5:22

15 days from the date printed on the receipt notice.

I have heard a few people Having delays in their premium processing applications past 15 days. So don't be surprised if it does.

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