On March 19, 2019, USCIS announced that premium processing will be available this year for cap-subject H-1B petitions but will be handled in two phases.
Phase one of premium processing of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B petitions
Starting April 1, petitioners of cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status on Form I-129 may concurrently file a request for premium processing of the petition on Form I-907.
The 15-day premium processing clock will not start running upon receipt. Instead, USCIS will announce at a later date the start date, which will not be later than May 20, 2019.
Petitioners requesting a change of status who do not concurrently file a request for premium processing with the petition will still be able to file a request for premium processing when the premium processing clock starts, no later than May 20, 2019.
Phase two of premium processing of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B petitions
Premium processing of all other cap-subject petitions, which includes petitions requesting consular processing, will not be available until at least June 2019. USCIS will confirm the start date for premium processing of these requests at a later date.
Premium processing of other H-1B petitions
On March 12, 2019, premium processing resumed for all H-1B petitions not subject to the annual cap, including change of employer petitions.