USCIS resumes premium processing for eligible I-140 and I-129 petitions; lays out schedule.
After temporarily suspending premium processing in March due to COVID-19, the USCIS resumes premium processing as early as today, June 8, 2020, for certain existing cap-exempt H-1B petitions and all other pending non-H-1B I-129 petitions. The service resumed premium processing for eligible I-140 petitions on June 1, 2020.
You can find the original announcement of the temporary suspension of premium processing here.
On May 28, 2020, the USCIS announced it was resuming premium processing for certain petitions, and posted a detailed schedule of its multi-phase plan to fully resume premium processing. You can read their full announcement here. Please see below, where we have summarized the schedule’s key dates and information. Please note the USCIS stresses these dates are subject to change.
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing (Summary Schedule)
- June 1 – Form I-907s accepted for all eligible I-140 petitions.
- June 8 – All pending, cap-exempt H-1B petitions; all other pending non-H-1B I-129 petitions.
- June 15 – Certain new (filed after June 8), cap-exempt H-1B petitions filed concurrently with Form I-907.
- June 22 – USCIS resumes premium processing of all other Form I-129 petitions.
What is Form I-907?
Form I-907 is the USCIS form used to request premium processing for I-129 and I-140 petitions.
What is Premium Processing?
Premium processing is a USCIS service guaranteeing processing of Form I-129 and I-140 petitions within 15 calendar days, for an extra fee. Currently, the fee is $1,440 and must be paid separate to all other fees related to the underlying petition.
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