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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the month of June.

Here are the dates and types of cases for which Premium Processing can be requested.

  • Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS accepted Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions.
  • Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for:
    • H-1B petitions filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication and are cap-exempt;
    • All other Form I-129 petitions (non H-1B petitions) for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication.
  • Effective June 15, USCIS plans on resuming premium processing for:
    • H-1B petitions requesting premium processing by filing an I-907 concurrently with their I-129 (or request for a petition filed on or after June 8) and are exempt from the cap because:
      • The employer is cap-exempt or because 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, USCIS plans on resuming premium processing for all other Form I-129 petitions, including:
    • All H-1B cap-subject petitions (including those for the fiscal year 2021), including change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status.
    • All other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing.

All dates are subject to change as USCIS continues to take on more premium processing requests.

Please contact immigrationinfo@cornerlaw.com if you have any questions on premium processing.

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