H-1B News2018-03-10T22:41:20+00:00



12Jul, 2019

RFEs, RFEs and Still more RFEs – The Continuing Assault on the H-1B Program

Jul 12, 2019|

It was obvious, panic and frustration had gripped my client. She blurted out, “they’re killing it, aren’t they?” She was referring to a memo that had just been issued by the USCIS, but it almost sounded like she was referring to the proverbial golden goose. The memo announced a change in policy, restoring [...]

11Jul, 2019

House Passes Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act H.R. 1044

Jul 11, 2019|

On 7/10/19, the House passed H.R. 1044 by a vote of 365 to 65. If enacted, the bill would eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants and increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants from 7 percent to 15 percent. Read the pdf of the H.R. 1044 bill.

22May, 2019

HandiCAPping Anyone? Making Sense of the H-1B Random Selection Process

May 22, 2019|

On May 17th, the USCIS announced it had completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. Now, the Service will begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. This process usually takes [...]

20May, 2019

USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY2020 H‑1B Cap-Subject Petitions

May 20, 2019|

Today, USCIS announced that it had completed data entry for all FY2020 H‑1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will now begin returning unselected petitions. Additionally, USCIS may transfer some Form I‑129 H‑1B cap-subject petitions between the Vermont and California [...]

26Apr, 2019

White House Issues Memo on Combating High Non-immigrant Overstay Rates

Apr 26, 2019|

The White House issued a memo on combating high non-immigrant visa overstay rates. Among other things, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the AG and Secretary of Homeland Security, shall provide recommendations of actions to take to reduce nonimmigrant overstay rates from certain countries. Clients should take particular note of the [...]

12Apr, 2019

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020

Apr 12, 2019|

On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions [...]

11Apr, 2019

Uptick in Site Visit and NOID/NOIR Activity

Apr 11, 2019|

We have received credible reports from clients and other practitioners that the number of site visits targeting Consulting companies has increased significantly in the past several weeks. Employees should be made aware that site inspectors could call on them at the end client site unannounced. When this happens, employees must politely ask to [...]

8Apr, 2019

USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

Apr 8, 2019|

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. USCIS will next determine if they have received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. [...]

1Apr, 2019

USCIS Launches H-1B Employer Data Hub

Apr 1, 2019|

USCIS has launched an H-1B Employer Data Hub to provide information to the public on employers petitioning for H-1B workers. The data hub is part of their continued effort to increase transparency in employment-based visa programs by allowing the public to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year (back to FY 2009), NAICS [...]

21Mar, 2019

DOL Issues Memo on Compliance with the H-1B Notice Requirement by Electronic Posting

Mar 21, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) reiterating employers' responsibilities under the H-1B visa program. The FAB confirms that if an H-1B employer chooses to provide notice through electronic media, the employer must ensure that affected American workers, including those employed by a third-party, have [...]

20Mar, 2019

USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes

Mar 20, 2019|

USCIS has announced the start of the FY 2020 H-1B cap season, start dates for premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, and the launch of its new H-1B data hub, while reminding petitioners of its new H-1B cap selection process. USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2020 cap on [...]

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