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USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 employment-based petitions

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USCIS has announced that effective immediately (Friday, March 20, 2020), it will suspend premium processing services for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This suspension means that USCIS will not accept premium/expedited requests for all the employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions. This suspension will last until further notice and for the immediate future.

This announcement expands and also supersedes its previous announcement that it was suspending premium processing for H-1B quota FY2021 petitions as well, which it had done last year as a matter of routine.

We encourage all readers to continue to visit our website for any news and updates regarding the immigrant and nonimmigrant petition filing process and should you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a consultation as well.