Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject (Lottery) Petitions

On June 10, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began premium processing for all remaining fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B lottery petitions. Employers may file a request for premium processing conversion with the USCIS service center that is processing their petition.

USCIS noted that it is offering premium processing in a two-phased approach during this year’s cap season "to best manage premium processing requests without fully suspending it.

  • The first phase, which started on May 20, 2019, included H-1B lottery petitions requesting a change of status, and the second phase includes all other H-1B lottery petitions. Premium processing for H-1B petitions that are exempt from the cap, such as extension-of-stay requests, remains available.

Details: Latest USCIS notice, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/premium-processing-begins-remaining-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions-june-10; USCIS previous announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-fy-2020-h-1b-cap-season-start-updates-and-changes