As of March 20, 2020, USCIS ceased accepting premium processing requests for I-129 and I-140 due to COVID-19 related issues.  This impacts H-1B cap-subject petitions, as well as H-1B cap-exempt petitions for FY2021.  No new requests will be carried out.

What does this mean for those who filed H-1B cap-subject petitions starting at the beginning of this month?  Expect delays.  This does not mean you can take your time.  Over the past few years, the rate of RFEs and Denials – and the rate of second and third rounds of RFEs – have seen a sharp increase.  This caused many H-1B employees to start work late for FY2020, harming employer workflow.

This is even more reason to file your complete petition as soon as possible, with possible issues anticipated and prepared for with additional evidence and documentation.

All CCI TheDegreePeople.com staff are set up to work remotely, and our workflow has not slowed.  We are committed to on-time delivery and 24/7 communication through your preferred channel.  As always, we are offering free consultations to identify any weaknesses in your case, or in your employee or client’s case, and consult on how to best prevent subsequent issues.  Whether it’s a credential evaluation, and expert opinion letter, or additional documentation, we can help you determine how to best proceed.  It is more important this year than ever to get that petition right and airtight the first time to ensure an on-time start date.

For a free review of your case, or of your employee or client’s case, visit ccifree.com/.  We will respond in 48 hours or less.