USCIS to Resume Premium Processing in Phases
Premium processing will resume in stages according to USCIS. Cap-subject H-1B petitions will be included only in the last phase.
June 1, 2020: USCIS will accept requests for premium processing for all eligible Form I-140 Immigrant Visa Petitions. EB1-C Multi-National Manager or Executive and EB2 National Interest Waiver petitions are not eligible for premium processing.
June 8, 2020: USCIS will accept upgrades to premium processing for all I-129 petitions filed before June 8, 2020 except for cap subject H-1B petitions.
June 15, 2020: USCIS will accept concurrent premium processing filings and upgrades to premium processing for cap-exempt H-1B petitions (including Conrad and Interested Government Agency Waivers) filed on or after June 8, 2020.
June 22, 2020: USCIS will resume premium processing for all other Form I-129 petitions (upgrades and concurrent filings) including all cap-subject petitions.
USCIS is attempting to gradually reintroduce premium processing. Even so, the schedule is subject to change. The $1,440 fee for each premium processed case may help USCIS with its current budget shortfall.
Premium processing was suspended on March 20, 2020 due to COVID-19. Petitioners who filed Form I-140 and Form I-129 petitions requesting premium processing before that date but received no action and a refund, may refile their Forms I-907 consistent with the above timeline, barring any changes.