The USCIS has announced that premium processing will return in phases throughout June. Below is a chart to help you see when your petition will be eligible: JUNE 1st: -All I-140’s can be premium processing JUNE 8th: -H-1b transfers filed before June 8th can be upgraded -H-1b extensions filed before June 8th can be upgraded -H-1b cap exempt entities filed before June 8th can be upgraded -Non H-1b I-129 petitions (TN, L-1) filed before June 8th can be upgraded. E-3 still not eligible for premium processing JUNE 15: -h-1b’s that are cap exempt entities, regardless of original filing date, can be premium processed -H-1b’s for physicians under J-1 waiver JUNE 22nd: -All I-129’s can be premium processed (including cap cases, H-1b transfers that were filed after June 8th
Effective today, the USCIS has suspended premium processing for I-129 and I-140 petitions. Cases previously filed as premium will continue to be adjudicated under the premium guidelines. Cases filed yesterday to be received today by the USCIS will have their premium filing fee returned.
The USCIS has announced that is has suspended premium processing for H-1b cap cases to be filed April 1st. This move was expected and previously announced to clients during our H-1b conf. call in Feb. Premium processing remains for all other H-1b filings.
Today, the USCIS announced that on June 16, 2008, it will begin accepting Premium Processing Service requests for I-140's filed on behalf of certain H-1b workers who are nearing the end of their sixth year limit. Although this particular program is rather limiting, it is welcome news and may signal the more widespread return of premium processing. Check out the USCIS fact sheet to see if your case may qualify for this new program.
The USCIS announced that it has completed the H-1b lottery and that receipts on those cases that were chosen should be received no later than June 2, 2008. We should also expect that cases not chosen will begin to be returned and that process could take 6-8 weeks. If your case was filed as a premium processing case and chosen, the clock will start to tick as of April 14, 2008. For a full copy of the press release please see http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=183f301458e49110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=68439c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD