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Immigration Bulletin – USCIS Announces Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10 and Temporary Suspension of Use of Pre-paid Mailers


Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On June 7, 2019, USCIS announced that it will begin premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions on June 10, 2019. Beginning on that date, petitioners may file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Services, with the USCIS service center that is processing the petition. Please contact us if you wish to submit a premium processing request.

Previously, on March 19, 2019, USCIS stated that premium processing during the FY 2020 “cap season” would be available in a two-phased approach to avoid fully suspending it, as has happened in past years. The first phase began on May 20, 2019 and included FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status. This second phase, to begin on June 10, 2019, includes all other FY 2020 cap-subject petitions.

Pre-paid Mailer Temporary Suspension

Starting on June 10, 2019, and continuing through June 24, 2019, USCIS will not use pre-paid mailers to send final notices for premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions not requesting a change of status. Rather, USCIS will use regular mail in light of limited resources to process all premium processing petitions in a timely manner.

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