Virginia, US

Jan 25 2019

Premium Processing for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases Opens on January 28

United States

At a glance

  • Beginning Monday, January 28, employers can request premium processing services for pending FY 2019 H-1B cap cases.
  • Premium processing will remain suspended for most other H-1B filings until further notice.

The situation

USCIS will open premium processing services for pending FY 2019 H-1B cap cases on Monday, January 28.  Employers who wish to upgrade a pending cap case to 15-day processing can file Form I-907 and the $1410 premium fee.

Premium processing remains suspended for H-1B changes of employer, amendments and non-cap subject changes of status until further notice.  Premium processing continues to be available for extensions of H-1B status with the same employer that do not involve changes in circumstances, H-1B petitions filed for employment with or at a qualifying cap-exempt organization and other non-H-1B case types ordinarily eligible for premium service.

Premium processing has been suspended for FY 2019 H-1B cap cases since April 2, 2018 and was expected to remain suspended through February 19, 2019.  It is not yet known when USCIS will lift the suspension for other H-1B case types.

What employers should do now

Employers with pending FY 2019 H-1B cap cases should contact their designated Fragomen representative if they wish to request premium processing service.  Employers preparing responses to USCIS requests for evidence in cap cases can include a premium processing request and fee with their response.