The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Friday that it will resume premium processing for certain petitions in phases over the next month. Petitions using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, such as H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers for permanent residency applications, will be eligible for premium processing based on the schedule below, which is subject to change.
H-1B petitions requesting premium processing by filing an I-907 concurrently with their I-129 (or request for a petition filed on or after June 8) and are exempt from the cap because:
USCIS will announce any changes to the above schedule as it begins to receive premium processing requests. We advise employers to review any currently pending cases and to determine whether any may need to be “premium processed” to avoid any gaps in work authorization. Premium processing requests should be prepared in advance to be timely filed according to the proposed schedule.
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If you have any questions or would like more information on the issues discussed in this alert, please contact any of the following Morgan Lewis lawyers:
Eric S. Bord
Shannon A. Donnelly
Laura C. Garvin
 Premium processing of petitions had been suspended as of March 20, 2020, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read our prior alert on the suspension.