USCIS has reopened premium processing for H1B and i140 applications starting June 1, 2020.
- Starting June 1, 2020 – All i140 Applications are eligible for premium processing.
- Starting June 8, 2020 – All H1b Extensions, Transfers, Amendments, COS, I-129 forms filed before June 8, 2020, are eligible for a premium upgrade. H1B lottery applications filed in 2020 or in 2019 (pending till now) are not eligible for the premium.
- Starting June 15, 2020 – All H1b Extensions, Transfers, Amendments, COS, I-129 filed after June 8, 2020.
- Starting June 22, 2020 – All H1b Lottery applications along with extensions, transfers, and Amendments filed after June 8, 2020.
Read USCIS official premium processing resume announcement. Note that they have added a disclaimer that dates may be changed.
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.
EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3.
Earlier, USCIS placed a completed ban on premium processing starting Mar 20, 2020.
H1B transfer, extension, and amendment are available starting June 2020 by USCIS.
H1B change of status and cap-subject lottery applications are also eligible for premium processing at this time.
You cannot upgrade to premium processing without a USCIS receipt number unless you are filing premium application along with initial filing.
Premium processing for i140 applications is not suspended at this time.
USCIS has resumed premium processing for i140 applications starting June 1, 2020.
California service center has the longest H1B processing time, followed by Vermont and Nebraska.
You can check the current processing time for regular H1B petitions.
USCIS can transfer your H1B application to a new center after lottery selection.
USCIS has announced that H1P Cap applications can start using premium processing starting June 22, 2020.
L1 premium processing is available at this time starting June 2020.
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.
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.
Go to Part 2 (on Page 2) -> Question 2 (Basis for Classification) -> Select option “a – New employment“.
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“.
Go to Part 3 (on page 3) ->Question 5 -> Current Immigration Status -> Choose ‘F1 – Student -Academic‘ from dropdown box.
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.