Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10, 2019

Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10, 2019

On June 10, 2019, USCIS will begin premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Starting on that date, petitioners may file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, with the USCIS service center that is processing their petition.

On March 19, 2019, USCIS announced that it will offer premium processing in a two-phased approach during the FY 2020 cap season to best manage premium processing requests without fully suspending it. In the past few years, USCIS has suspended all premium processing for H-1B petitions due to high demand. Based on feedback from the public, USCIS is using this phased approach to benefit petitioners and ensure efficient premium processing. The first phase, which started on May 20, 2019, included FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status and the second phase includes all other FY 2020 cap-subject petitions.

At this time, premium processing for H-1B petitions that are exempt from the cap, such as extension of stay requests, remains available.

Pre-paid Mailer Temporary Suspension

Starting on June 10, 2019, and continuing through the end of June 24, 2019, USCIS will not use pre-paid mailers to send out final notices for premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions not requesting a change of status. Instead, USCIS will use regular mail.

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