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USCIS to Begin Premium Processing of FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases Requesting Changes of Status on May 20

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its premium processing schedule for fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap cases. The schedule will be implemented as follows:

  • On May 20, 2019, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject petitions requesting changes of status. Employers seeking to upgrade their FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B change-of-status petitions to premium processing must wait until May 20, 2019, to file their requests with USCIS.
  • From May 20, 2019, through June 3, 2019, USCIS will suspend the use of pre-paid mailers and instead use regular mail to send final notices for premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting changes of status.
  • In June 2019, premium processing will begin for all other FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Employers must wait until USCIS provides a confirmed date before filing requests to upgrade their petitions to premium processing.
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Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions...