USCIS has announced that on May 20, 2019, it  will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

Petitioners who do not file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, concurrently with an FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petition requesting a change of status must wait until premium processing begins on May 20 to submit Form I-907.

On March 19, USCIS announced that it would offer premium processing in a two-phased approach during the FY 2020 cap season to best manage premium processing requests without fully suspending it.

In the past few years, USCIS suspended all premium processing for H-1B petitions due to high demand. Based on feedback from the public, has decided to use this phased approach to benefit petitioners and ensure efficient premium processing.

The first phase includes FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status and the second phase will include all other FY 2020 cap-subject petitions.

Premium processing for all other FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions will not begin until at least June 2019.

USCIS will notify the public with a confirmed date for premium processing for cap-subject petitioners not requesting a change of status.

At this time, premium processing for H-1B petitions that are exempt from the cap, such as extension of stay requests, remains available.