USCIS confirmed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) that there would be no procedural changes in the the FY2019 H-1B Cap Process. This means that there will not be a H-1B Cap pre-registration process, as previously suggested. USCIS also indicated that, while it may suspend the option to premium process H-1B Cap cases again this year, that it will maintain the premium processing option for all other H-1B Petitions.
Given the potential of another government shutdown in February, employers seeking to file H-1B Cap Petitions should proceed immediately in the preparation of the filings as another government shutdown halts all U.S. Department of Labor processes, including the processing of the Labor Condition Application (“LCA”).
If you have questions about the FY2019 H-1B Cap process, please contact SPS Immigration.