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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing from June 1, 2020

USCIS announced today that it will resume Premium Processing in three phases starting June 8, 2020.

USCIS timeline of Premium Processing Suspension

  • Mar 16, 2020  – H1B Visa 2021 Premium Processing is Suspended
  • Mar 20, 2020 – All H1B and I-140 Premium Processing is Suspended due to Coronavirus
  • June 1, 2020 – Resumes Premium Processing for I-140 petitions
  • June 8, 2020 – Pending petitions, Extensions, Transfers
  • June 15, 2020 – Cap-Exempt Petitions and Conrad/IGA
  • June 22, 2020 – H1B Visa 2021 and other I-129 petitions

Note – These Dates in June could change as per the announcement.

Here’s the USCIS announcement:

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions   2021 2020

You may have read the news that USCIS requested 1.2 billion in funding from Congress, to continue its operations beyond summer.

Resuming PremiumProcessing will give the much need capital to continue its operations.

I hope USCIS employees are staying safe while they accepting the new  Form I-907 for Premium Processing.

USCIS resuming premium processing is such  welcome news for following folks:

  • OPT or STEM OPT to expire before Sep 30, 2020
  • Stuck in outside the USA and Lost Job Due to Travel Restrictions
  • Petitions pending for over 240 days (& lost work authorization)

Since the dates could change depending on the number of Petitions USCIS can process, plus the availability of staff members and safe working conditions. If you qualify for Premium Processing, don’t wait it out. Assume they could suspend Premium again.

And those who really don’t need Premium Processing, please wait it out!

Like folks who have STEM OPT for 1 or 2 more years can afford to wait in Regula processing.

Q1. So, if my employer already filed the application as normal processing would they have to send in a new request for premium processing?

Your employer will send a new form I-907 along with the Premium Processing Fee. Once USCIS receives the form and the fee, along with your receipt number, the 15-day clock will start.

What questions do you have about Premium Processing?


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  1. I read that recently that EAD (FOrm I765) premium processing has been allowed by Congress. I don’t see it online on USCIS website. When is it like to start. I have filed AOS 485 with 765/131 on Oct 29, 2020 as my EB13 PD (India) is 18 Feb 2020. Can I get my 765 expedited by paying premium processing fee. Will I be allowed to change employer even when AOS is pending for less than 180 days. Any suggestions/comments.

  2. What does it mean by Fiscal year 2021 as well from June 22nd. Does it mean the lottery is again open for the left out people from the last lottery? Please confirm. Thank you

  3. What about the people who filed in premium before the premium was suspended and got RFE but after RFE was filed, no result in 15 days and it’s been a month and they are waiting.

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