Update: Premium Processing Begins For All FY 2020 H-1B Cap Petitions on June 10

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By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, Gladys Gervacio


Beginning on June 10, 2019, USCIS will start accepting premium processing requests for all Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap petitions.

FY 2020 H-1B Cap Premium Processing Procedure:

  • Petitioners will be allowed to file Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing Service) with the appropriate USCIS service center that is adjudicating their petition.
  • Premium processing will remain available for all H-1B petitions that are cap-exempt.

Pre-Paid Mailer Temporary Suspension:

From June 10 through June 24, USCIS will not use pre-paid mailers to deliver final premium processing notices for FY 2020 H-1B cap petitions that are not requesting a change of status. After this period, USCIS will resume using pre-paid mailers when operationally feasible. This temporary suspension is intended to ensure that USCIS processes all premium processing requests in a timely manner.

*Please note that USCIS began returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the computer-generated selection process. USCIS will announce when it has completed notification of petitioners and returned all unselected petitions.

As always, we will continue to monitor for any update.


Contact us at info@chugh.com for more information on upgrading your H-1B cap case to premium processing.