• Emily McIntosh

USCIS: Premium Processing to become available in stages

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it plans to restart the Premium Processing for Forms I-129 (nonimmigrant visa petitions) and eligible Forms I-140 (immigrant visa petitions) in four phases over the next few weeks. 



Premium Processing Timeline

USCIS plans to accept Form I-907 premium processing requests according to the timeline below:


June 01: USCIS will begin accepting premium processing requests for all eligible Form I-140 petitions.


June 08:  USCIS will begin accepting premium processing upgrade requests for the following Form I-129 case types that were filed before June 8: 

  • Cap-exempt H-1B petitions

  • All other (non-H-1B) nonimmigrant petitions including L-1 and O-1 petitions


June 15: USCIS plans on accepting premium processing requests for: 

  • Cap-exempt H-1B petitions that are filed concurrently with an I-907 (or an upgrade request for a petition filed on or after June 8)

June 22: USCIS plans on accepting premium processing for all other Form I-129 petitions, including: 

  • All H-1B cap-subject petitions (including those for fiscal year 2021), for both premium processing upgrades and concurrently-filed I-907s

  • All other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing


Note - USCIS says these dates may change. The agency especially notes that the June 15 and June 22 phase-in dates are tentative. 


REMINDER - Under the new H-1B registration and filing process, the H-1B filing period lasts until June 30.


If you have further questions about premium processing, please talk to your company's legal counsel.



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