The USCIS announced yesterday that it was adding “cap-exempt” H-1b petitions to its list of the types of I-129 H petitions which could use the premium processing option. Cap-exempt petitions are most commonly used by universities and non-profits affiliated with them and non-profit research institutions. Last month, the USCIS restored premium processing services to Conrad 30 filings (certain physicians) and they have a goal to restore all premium processing services by October 1st.