USCIS FY2020 H-1B Cap and Premium Processing Update
On March 19, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will take a two-phased approach to premium processing for H-1B cap petitions when the FY 2020 filing period begins April 1, 2019. The first phase will include FY 2020 H-1B cap petitions requesting a change of status and the second phase will include all other FY 2020 H-1B cap petitions.
In the first phase, petitioners filing H-1B cap petitions with change of status requests may concurrently request premium processing service by filing Form I-907 when the H-1B cap petition is initially filed. While USCIS will not begin premium processing these petitions immediately, it will commence premium processing for these cases not later than May 20, 2019. USCIS will notify the public as to the precise date that premium processing service for these petitions begins. Petitioners who file change of status H-1B cap petitions without concurrently filed premium processing requests will also have the option of interfiling premium processing requests once premium processing service for these petitions begins.
The second phase of premium processing will include all other FY 2020 H-1B cap petitions (i.e., all petitions that do not request a change of status on Form I-129). USCIS indicates that premium processing for these petitions will not begin until at least June 2019. Once USCIS establishes the effective date for phase two, employers may interfile Form I-907 to request premium processing service for these H-1B cap petitions. Employers may not request premium processing service for these cases until USCIS establishes the effective date.
As a reminder, at this time, premium processing is available for all non-cap subject H-1B petitions, such as extension of stay and change of employer requests. See Gibney’s prior immigration alert on this topic.
New H-1B Data Hub
USCIS also announced that it will launch a new H-1B Employer Data Hub on April 1, 2019. The data hub will allow the public to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year, NAICS industry code, company name, city, state and zip code. The hub is expected to give the public ability to calculate approval and denial rates, and to identify which employers are using the H-1B program.
For more information on the FY2020 H-1B cap program, visit the USCIS’s FY2020 H-1B Cap Season website.
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The general information provided herein is not intended to serve as a source of legal advice for any purpose. Please contact your designated Gibney representative or immigration counsel for specific legal advice.