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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday made a statement that the temporary suspension of premium processing service for the entire fiscal year (FY) 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Petitioners filing FY 2021 top subject H-1B petitions won’t have the option to demand premium preparing when USCIS starts accepting these on April 1, 2020, it said. Until premium processing resumes for FY 2021 H-1B petitions, USCIS will reject any Form I-907 simultaneously documented with an H-1B Form I-129.

USCIS said it will continue premium-handling in a two-staged methodology during the FY2021 season, like what it has done before, so as to best oversee premium processing requests. The principal stage will incorporate FY 2021 top subject H-1B petitions, including those qualified for the advanced degree exemption, requesting a change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status. The second phase will incorporate all other FY 2021 top subject petitions. This has been done so as to lessen generally speaking H-1B handling occasions, it said in a statement.

USCIS will continue premium processing for FY 2021 H-1B petitions mentioning a difference in status from F-1 nonimmigrant status no later than May 27, 2020, and will notify the general population before premium handling resumes for these petitions. The most punctual date that USCIS will continue premium handling for all other FY 2021 top subject H-1B petitions is June 29, 2020.

“As people are fully unaware of the whole situation so, it is quite difficult to make them informed about the new step taken by USCIS. So, to aware people about the deepness of the situation, is publishing all the updates to inform the travelers and make them safe. ,” said an official.

This year, USCIS is implementing a new system that requires employers to register basic details of all the applicants electronically. Once the final set of applications is selected through a random lottery, the employers will have to submit applications for only these employees.

At present, the US has suspended issuing visas in India and a few other countries on account of the COVID 19 pandemic. It remains to be seen how long this suspension remains in place, and it could possibly lead to a delay in the application filing process, said, immigration lawyers.

Petitioners filing FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions will be eligible to upgrade to premium processing by filing Form I-907 once premium processing resumes, as applicable. USCIS will notify the public with a confirmed date for resuming premium processing for FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions.