First, effective immediately, Premium Processing is available for all types of H-1B Petitions including, unless there is another revision, Petitions that will be filed in the H-1B Lottery beginning on April 1, 2019. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If they do not adjudicate the Petition within 15‑calendar days, USCIS will refund the $1,410 fee and continue with expedited processing of the Petition.
Premium Processing may be requested for pending cases by filing Form I-907 with fee to the Service Center processing the Petition.
Second, USCIS has introduced a new, expanded Form I-539 (Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status). The new Form is optional now but mandatory effective March 22, 2019. The new Form will require all applicants to have their biometrics (i.e. fingerprints) taken at an appointment to be scheduled by USCIS after the application is filed. Unfortunately, this is likely to delay the processing of these cases.
As always, please contact us if you have any questions.