H1B Premium Processing Suspended for Extension, Amendment, Transfer, COS, Lottery

USCIS suspends premium processing for all H1B, i140, L visa workers. No 15 day fast result option for H1B COS, transfer, amendment, extension, Cap-lottery.

Written by Am22tech
  By Am22tech    Updated  27 Apr, 20

Update Mar 20, 2020 – USCIS has suspended premium processing for all types of applications filed using form i-129 and i-140 due to Coronavirus.

Earlier, USCIS had suspended it only for all H1b lottery applications in April 2020-21 season.

Premium ProcessingH1B New (Lottery) / Extension / Transfer / Amendmenti-140

This ban is going to increase H1B processing time exponentially this year. Its hard time for H4 and L2 EAD workers as their approvals will also be delayed. Some of you may have to embrace job losses in an Coronavirus induced recession.

I-129: E-1, E-2, H-1B, H-2B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, LZ, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1, R-1, TN-1 and TN-2.

I-140: EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3.

This ban includes both H1B change of status and consular processing applications filed under H1b 2021 cap.

USCIS will return any premium application that has been sent before Mar 20 but not yet received by USCIS.

USCIS premium processing-suspended for all h1b, i140 applications
USCIS premium processing-suspended for all h1b, i140 applications
Is H1B premium processing available for transfer, extension or Amendment?

H1B transfer, extension and amendment are suspended by USCIS until further notice.

H1B change of status and cap subject lottery applications are also not eligible for premium processing at this time.

Is premium processing suspended for i140 Applications?

USCIS has suspended premium processing for i140 applications until further notice.

What is current Processing Time for H1B applications?

California service center has the longest H1B processing time, followed by Vermont and Nebraska.

You can check the current processing time for processing time for regular H1B petitions.

Can USCIS transfer H1B application to new center after lottery?

USCIS can transfer your H1B application to new center after lottery selection.

When will premium processing open for H1B cap?

USCIS has announced earlier that they will resume premium processing for FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status from F-1 non-immigrant status by May 27, 2020.

But, due to Coronavirus national emergency, these dates have been taken off. New dates will be announced later.

When will premium processing open for all H1B lottery applications?

The earliest date that USCIS announced for resuming premium processing for all other FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions was June 29, 2020.

This date stands cancelled now due to coronavirus emergency.

Is L1 premium processing also suspended?

L1 premium processing has been suspended at this time.

Will premium processing option available for non profit organization or health care organization ?

There is no premium processing available for non-profit organization or health care company.

What is batch printed notice as mentioned by USCIS?

USCIS batch printed notice is the standard page that they have already printed for sending as common reply for premium processing applications.

When you send a premium processing application, your employer has an option to send a pre-paid envelope to get USCIS response faster than regular USPS mail.

If you wish to have the notice mailed to you rather than wait for the batch-printed notice, submit a pre-paid express mail label and an envelope for mailing.

In this case premium processing suspension, USCIS has specifically mentioned that they will only send pre-printed receipt notice and no pre-paid envelope will be honored.

USCIS batch printed notice

USCIS h1b lottery registration dates
USCIS h1b lottery registration dates

Sample H1B form for F1 Premium Eligibility

Your H1B employer should select the correct value on H1B I-129 form to be eligible for F1 category.

Step 1

Go to Part 2 (on Page 2) -> Question 2 (Basis for Classification) -> Select option “a – New employment“.

Choose F1 change of status in H1B application form
Choose F1 change of status in H1B application form

Step 2

Go to Part 2 (on Page 2)-> Question 4 (Requested Action) -> Select option “b – Change the status and extend the status of each beneficiary because the beneficiary is/are now in the United states in another status“.

Step 3

Go to Part 3 (on page 3) ->Question 5 -> Current Immigration Status -> Choose ‘F1 – Student -Academic‘ from dropdown box.

Select F1 as current status in H1B form
Select F1 as current status in H1B form

F1 Student Filing H1B Change of Status Gap Cap

If you are filing first time H1B and are currently on F1 status, you are eligible for F1 Cap-Gap to cover your gap between F1 end date to Sep 30 automatically.

Remember, that cap-gap is only available for change of status if your current F1 status is expiring before Oct 1, which is the earliest date when H1B can start working.

Source: USCIS

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  1. Anil.Gupta

    USCIS has announced H1B premium suspension for all types of H1B applications on Mar 20, 2020.

    I am not sure how your friends knew it 2 days ahead. They may have super powers or some contacts in USCIS.

    Anyways, the LCA is taking more time these days due to Coronavirus closures everywhere.

  2. Jeet

    Today I saw this news and I also got surprised:). Thanks for your reply.
    Its very stressful. I don’t know when USCIS will resume the PP.
    Hopefully it will open soon (many of them got stuck with visa processing)


  3. favcker1


    I had my H1 cap except applied premium on January and got RFE on Feb 7th

    The RFE responded on April 14. There is no decision yet. It’s saying RFE doc received

    Could you please confirm is there a chance USCIS would convert it as normal processing because RFE responded after USCIS announcement that they no longer processing premium?

  4. favcker1

    Thanks @Anil.Gupta

    Wondering why no decision even after 15 days of RFE response. USCIS site says they got RFE doc on April 14 and they are working on it

    Any insights ?

  5. Anil.Gupta

    Your employer can email USCIS on premium email address to check the reason behind delay. I do not know why it is delayed.

    Normally, the premium processing delays only if USCIS is waiting for ‘security checks’ on your case. But, this is too early to say if your case falls in that category.

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