USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Select Petitions in June

June 1, 2020 | United States of America

As part of its COVID-19 reopening plan, USCIS will resume premium processing for certain petitions in June.

Throughout the month, USICS will resume premium processing in phases for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers.

On June 1st, the agency will start accepting Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions.  Beginning June 8th, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions filed before June 8th that are cap-exempt and pending adjudication, including cap-exempt petitions filed by petitioners and petitions filed for beneficiaries that previously counted towards the numerical allocations. It will also accept premium processing requests for all other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications filed before June 8th that are pending adjudication and are eligible for premium processing.

Effective June 15th, USICS will resume premium processing requests for select cap-exempt petitions filed on or after June 8th, and for H-1B petitions requesting premium processing by filing an I-907 along with their I-129. Petitions must be exempt from the cap because the employer is cap-exempt; the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt entity, institution, or organization such as a nonprofit research organization, a governmental research organization, or an institution of higher education; or the beneficiary is cap-exempt based on a Conrad/IGA waiver under INA section 214(I).

Starting on June 22nd, USCIS plans to resume premium processing for all other Form I-129 petitions. That applies to all cap-subject H-1B petitions (including those for FY 2021), including change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status for premium processing upgrades and concurrently filed I-1907s. Premium processing will also resume for all other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications that are eligible for premium processing and request premium processing by filing an I-907 along with their I-129.

USCIS notes that these dates are subject to change as the agency gradually accommodates more premium processing requests. USCIS will announce any changes to premium processing dates as they occur.