The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 20, 2020 that premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions will be immediately suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
USCIS therefore will not accept any new requests for premium processing after March 20, 2020. USCIS will reject the I-907 and return the filing fee for all petitions requesting premium processing that were mailed before March 20 but not yet accepted. Any petition that has been filed prior to this date with a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, will be processed in accordance with the premium processing service criteria. But, instead of sending notices using pre-paid envelopes, USCIS will only send batch-printed notices. Any petitioners who have already filed a Form I-129 or Form I-140 using the premium processing service and who receive no agency action on their case within the 15-calendar day period will receive a refund. USCIS will notify the public when premium processing service resumes.
This temporary suspension applies to petitions for the following categories:
- I-129: E-1, E-2, H-1B, H-2B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, LZ, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-1S, P-2, P-2S, P-3, P-3S, Q-1, R-1, TN-1 and TN-2.
- I-140: EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3.
USCIS previously announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for fiscal year 2021 cap-subject petitions. This announcement expands upon and supersedes the previous announcement.