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Date: Jun 2020

On June 22, 2020, the Trump administration released a proclamation entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.”

This order does not impact our J-1 exchange visitors or F-1 students, including those on OPT or STEM OPT.

The order does impact new H-1B temporary workers who are outside the U.S. and do not have an H-1B visa with an issue date prior to June 24, 2020. OIS will be communicating directly by email with all impacted H-1B individuals very soon with guidance tailored to their circumstances.

We will update this page with more details as they become available.

On June 3, 2020 the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an order to "suspend scheduled passenger operations of all Chinese carriers to and from the United States."  The order will become effective on June 16, 2020.  

USCIS announced Friday plans for the resumption of premium processing service for certain petitions. If your Department already has a H-1B case in progress with the OIS or has a H-1B case pending with USCIS, you may contact the H-1B advisor assigned to the case to inquire about upgrading the case to premium processing. Do not mail a check to USCIS directly. The full announcement from USCIS is included below.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.

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, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for:

  • H-1B petitions filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication and are cap-exempt (for example, petitions filed by petitioners that are cap-exempt and petitions filed for beneficiaries previously counted toward the numerical allocations).
  • All other Form I-129 petitions (non H-1B petitions) for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication.

Effective June 15, USCIS plans on resuming premium processing for:

  • 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:
  • The employer is cap-exempt or because the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, entity or organization (such as an institution of higher education, a nonprofit research organization or a governmental research organization); or
  • The beneficiary is cap-exempt based on a Conrad/IGA waiver under INA section 214(l).

Effective June 22, USCIS plans on resuming premium processing for all other Form I-129 petitions, including:

  • All H-1B cap-subject petitions (including those for fiscal year 2021), including change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status, for both premium processing upgrades and concurrently filed I-907s.
  • All other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing and requesting premium processing by filing an I-907 concurrently with their I-129.

All dates are subject to change as USCIS continues to take on more premium processing requests and USCIS will announce any changes to these dates accordingly.