H1B Pre-paid Mailer Temporary Suspension

FY 2020 H1B Cap Notices to be sent regular mail. Starting on May 20, 2019 and continuing through the end of June 3, 2019, USCIS will again (as in the 2017 H1B Cap) not use pre-paid mailers to send out final notices for premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status. Instead, USCIS will use regular mail. USCIS will be doing this due to resource limitations as they work to process all premium processing petitions in a timely manner. The process for printing approval notices and sending them by regular mail is fully automated, whereas use of the pre-paid mailers requires a separate and more time-consuming manual process. As such, and given the initial surge of premium processing requests for H-1B cap petitions and its impact on USCIS resources, using pre-paid mailers may actually delay the issuance of an approval notice, compared to the standard process or otherwise negatively affect our ability to timely process premium processing petitions. After the two-week period, USCIS intends to resume sending out final notices in pre-paid mailers provided by petitioners, when operationally feasible. USCIS will be following a similar process when premium processing resumes for the second phase of FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions.