Return of Premium Processing and Reopening of USCIS Field Offices
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced today that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. The resumption of premium processing will happen in phases over the month of June.
Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions. Effective June 8, 2020, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication and are cap-exempt; AND all other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication. Additional options will become available on June 15 and June 22, 2020 for other H-1B cases and all other Form I-129 petitions for non immigrant classifications eligible for premium processing.
Also, on June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Numerous changes in process have been announced to as precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Naturalization ceremonies, which have been on hold, will begin to be rescheduled. Ceremonies may be shorter, and there will changes to the proceedings, including limiting attendance to the naturalization candidate and individuals providing assistance to disabled persons.