As of Mar. 20, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services made an announcement on the sudden and short-term delay of the premium processings for all I-129 as well as I-40 petitions due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The agency will not be accepting recent requests for the premium processings, however, will process petitions that have previously received I-907 Forms, also known as the Petition for Premium Processings, and is in compliance with the premium processings criteria. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website reports that the agency will not be able to mail notices with pre-paid postage envelopes with regard to petitions. Instead, the agency will send petition notices using pre-paid envelopes.

Individuals who have previously petitioned an I-129 Form, the Request for a Nonimmigrant Worker, or an I-140, the Immigrant Request for Alien Workers, utilizing the premium processings and who have not received agency actions on the case within a fifteen-calendar-day time period will receive an application refund. This is consistent with the 8 Code of Federal Regulations 103.7(e). The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be notifying the general public with confirmed dates of when they will resume premium processings.

Temporary Suspensions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be rejecting the Form I-907 and will be returning the $1,440 application fee for petitions requesting a premium processings, which was mailed before Mar. 20th but has not yet been accepted.

The temporary suspension will include petitions that have been filed in the following classification:

  • I-129 Forms: E-1 and 2, the H-1B and 2B, the H-3, the L-1A, the L-1B, the LZ, the O-1 and 2, the P-1 and 1S, the P-2 and 2S, the P-3 and 3S, the Q-1, the R-1, the TN-1, and the TN-2.
  • I-140 Forms: EB-1, 2 and 3.

Temporary suspensions will include recent premium processing petitions for H-1B requests, which include cap-subject requests for the fiscal year of 2021, requests for previous years, along with all the H-1B requests that are excused from the identified cap. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services previously reported the temporary suspensions of premium processings for the fiscal year 2021 cap-subjects as well as tentative dates for the continuation of premium processings. This new announcement will supersede the previous announcement.

It is important to monitor the Check Case Processing Times website and the page for H-1B in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for current processing times.

Contact the Legal Support of a Skilled Immigration Law Attorney

As of Mar. 18th 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended all routine, in-person services until at least Apr. 1st, which is intended to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. Under very strict and emergency situations, it is possible to schedule an emergency appointment with the agency. If you have concerns with your recently filed petition or seek to file a petition, contact the legal support of a well-versed immigration law attorney.

Attorney Oliver King has many years of dedicated experience in the field of immigration law. Attorney King understands that immigration cases often involve the potential of serious consequences that can affect entire families. If you are concerned with the status of your case, seek legal support you can count on. Contact the support of the King Immigration Law Group today.