USCIS announced that starting on June 10, 2019, it will accept premium processing requests for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B Cap cases. Premium processing costs $1410 and guarantees that USCIS will take adjudicative action on the application within 15 days. If USCIS fails to do so, the agency will return the fee but still expedite the application. Premium processing also guarantees that any RFE or NOID responses will also be adjudicated within 15 days.

The first phase which started on April 1 included cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status. The second phase, which starts now, will include all other cap subject petitions. Change of status application refers to applicants who are currently in the United States on a different status (for example, student F1 status, TN status, etc.) and are applying to change their status to H-1B. All other cap subject petitions are applicants who are outside of the United States and will process their application through consular processing. USCIS will now accept all requests to upgrade any pending H-1B cap petition. For information about the current H-1B cap procedure, please click here. To learn more about the H-1B visa and your eligibility, please click here.

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