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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1Bs

USCIS has announced that it will resume premium processing on March 12, 2019 for all H-1B petitions.

In March 2018, USCIS suspended premium processing for H-1B petitions for new employment filed under the FY2019 H-1B cap. In September 2018, USCIS extended and expanded the suspension of premium processing to include all H-1B petitions, except only certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions and certain H-1B petitions seeking an extension without change filed with the Nebraska Service Center. In January 2019, USCIS resumed premium processing for certain long-pending cap-subject FY2019 H-1B petitions filed during the April 1, 2018 filing window and, in February 2019, restored premium processing for other H-1B petitions that had been pending since late December 2018.

USCIS has now announced that – effective March 12, 2019 – it will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including all pending petitions and petitions in which the employer has filed a response to RFE. The USCIS announcement does not specifically confirm that premium processing will be available for cap-subject FY2020 H-1B petitions to be filed during the April 1, 2019 filing window, but on its face appears to signal that premium processing will be available for cap-subject FY2020 H-1Bs.

Premium processing is an optional service in which – upon filing of a properly completed Form I-907 and payment of the $1410 USCIS premium processing fee – USCIS “guarantees” to act on a petition within 15 days.

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Anthony Tony Derosby Immigration Attorney

Tony Derosby leads Pierce Atwood’s Immigration Practice Group. He has advised and supported business immigration clients on immigration and global mobility issues for more than 25 years.

Tony helps clients achieve business objectives in the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of international personnel. He serves as immigration counsel for clients in a variety of industries, including health care, technology, education, finance, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, recreation, hospitality, forest products, and energy. His clients include publicly-traded and privately-...

Katie Nokes Minervino Employment Immigration Attorney

Katie Minervino has been practicing exclusively employment-based immigration law for the past ten years, helping employers and employees create and execute immigration strategies to meet their short- and long-term immigration needs.

Katie has a national business immigration practice that includes obtaining immigration benefits for workers in a variety of industries and in a wide range of immigration work authorized categories, and she works closely with clients to ensure their immigration needs are met in a timely and efficient manner by corporate immigration attorneys who are personally engaged in and invested in each process. Katie also has specialized expertise on employer compliance in verifying the employment authorization of US workers. She is the current Vice-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Verification & Worksite Enforcement Liaison Committee and tracks closely developments relating to the Form I-9, E-Verify, and other enforcement-related developments. 

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized by Chambers USA 2018 as an "Up and Coming" attorney in Labor and Employment: Immigration

  • Received a 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Maine for pro bono representation of asylum seekers. Katie has been honored through the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program (2012, 2013, 2014) created by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for her pro bono service.

  • Received the firm's first-ever Scribner Firm Impact Award for her work to keep pro bono and community service top-of-mind at the firm.

  • Co-chair of the Pierce Atwood Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

Professional Activities

  • Current Vice-Chair (2017-2018) of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Verification & Worksite Enforcement Liaison Committee

  • Member, AILA, Verification & Worksite Enforcement Liaison Committee 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017

  • Frequent speaker on immigration-related topics

Civic Activities

  • Pro bono panel attorney, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2007)

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude (2004)


  • Maine

  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine