U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today 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 next month (reinstatement table provide below). USCIS suspended premium processing on March 20 due to Covid-19.
JUNE 1 – All eligible Form I-140 petitions
JUNE 8 – H-1B petitions filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication and are cap-exempt; AND, all other Form I-129 petitions filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication.
JUNE 15 – 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 – All H-1B cap-subject petitions (including those for fiscal year 2021); AND, all other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications.
What is premium processing?
- What is premium processing? Premium processing is a service offered by USCIS to expedite the processing of a visa petition. USCIS guarantees processing within 15 calendar days to those who choose to utilize this service. The cost is $1440.
- If you would like to upgrade a pending case to premium processing or file your case with premium processing, please notify your WR attorney who will confirm your eligibility.