USCIS announces the temporary suspension of premium processing for the upcoming H-1B FY 2021 quota cases
LAW IMM Analysis:
USCIS has announced that H-1B petitioners will not be able to request for premium processing service for the FY2021 H-1B quota petitions, at least not initially.
Just like last year (2019), the USCIS will be allowing premium processing service for H-1B quota petitions this year in stages:
- First, USCIS will permit premium processing option for those H-1Bquota petitions in which the I-129 H-1B petition is requesting for change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant student status to H-1B worker status. This will start up no later than May 27, 2020.
The USCIS will announce the exact date as it approaches the start date.
- After that, USCIS will resume premium processing for the rest of the FY 2021 H-1B quota petitions no earlier than June 29, 2020. USCIS will also announce the formal start date just before that start date as well.
When the opportunity does become available, the H-1B petitioners will be able to upgrade the filed and pending H-1B quota petitions to premium processing service by submitting the form I-907, along with the requisite premium processing fee, and the copy of the I-797 H-1B petition receipt notice to the USCIS.
Please also note that the USCIS will continue to accept premium processing service request for non-H-1B quota petitions, such as transfers, and extensions, and amendments.
We encourage readers to continue to monitor this website for any changes and/or developments regarding the H-1B quota filing process. Should you have any questions, we would encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment to discuss the matter further.