On May 29th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume premium processing for Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions (Form 1-129) and Immigrant Petitions for Alien Workers (Form I-140). This will occur in staggered phases over the next month.

June 1st

  1. Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept Premium Processing (Form I-907) applications for Form I-140 petitions.

June 8

Effective June 8, 2020, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for:

  1. Cap-Exempt H-1B petitions filed before June 8, 2020 that are pending adjudication and are cap-exempt (such as, petitions filed by petitioners that are cap-exempt and petitions filed for beneficiaries previously counted toward the numerical allocations).
  2. All other non-H-1B Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing filed before June 8, 2020 that are pending adjudication.

June 15

Effective June 15, 2020, USCIS plans on resuming premium processing for:

  1. 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 (such as an institution of higher education, a nonprofit research organization or a governmental research organization); or
  • The beneficiary is cap-exempt based on a Conrad/IGA waiver under INA section 214(l).

June 22

  1. Effective June 22, 2020, USCIS plans on resuming premium processing for all other Form I-129 petitions, including:
  • All H-1B cap-subject petitions (including those for fiscal year 2021), including change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status, for both premium processing upgrades and concurrently filed I-907’s.
  • All other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing and requesting premium processing by filing an I-907 concurrently with their I-129.

All dates are subject to change as USCIS continues to take on more premium processing requests and USCIS will announce any changes to these dates accordingly.