USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing service for all H-1B petitions starting Tuesday, March 12, 2019. This follows an earlier announcement by USCIS last month, which partially resumed premium processing, but only for H-1B petitions that were filed on or before December 21, 2018.
Today’s announcement means that the premium processing service, which provides expedited (15 day) processing for an additional government filing fee of $1,410, can now be utilized for all H-1B petitions filed going forward. Also, petitioners may now file requests to upgrade any pending H-1B petitions if desired. In other words, there is no longer any restrictions on using premium processing for any H-1B petitions.
For petitioners seeking to upgrade a pending H-1B petition that had received a Request for Evidence (RFE), a copy of the RFE should be included with the premium processing upgrade request. For petitioners seeking to upgrade an H-1B petition where a transfer notice was issued, the premium processing upgrade request must be submitted to the USCIS Service Center now handling the petition and a copy of the transfer notice should be included.
If you are interested in upgrading a pending H-1B petition to premium processing, or have questions about filing a new H-1B petition with premium processing, please contact your Ellis Porter attorney and we will be happy to assist.