USCIS Resumes Premium Processing

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USCIS has recently announced it will resume premium processing for forms I-129 and I-140 in phases over the next month. Please see the agency’s announced schedule below.

USCIS will accept premium processing requests on the following dates:

  • Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept premium processing for all eligible Form I-140 petitions.
  • Effective June 8, 2020, USCIS will accept premium processing for
    • H-1B petitions that are cap-exempt and pending adjudication as long as it was filed before June 8, 2020
    • All other Form I-129 petitions (non H-1B petitions) eligible for premium processing that are pending adjudication as long as they are filed before June 8, 2020

USCIS will resume premium processing on the following dates:

  • Effective June 15, 2020, USCIS will resume premium processing for
    • H-1B petitions with concurrently filed I-907 and are exempt from the cap because
      • The employer is cap-exempt;
      • The beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, entity, or organization; or
      • The beneficiary is cap-exempt based on a Conrad/IGA Waiver under INA Section 214(l)
    • Effective June 22, 2020, USCIS will resume premium processing all other Form I-129 petitions including:
      • All H1B cap-suject petitions (including those for FY 2021), including change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status
      • All other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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