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USCIS Selects Additional FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

On July 28, 2021, USCIS randomly selected additional H-1B cap registrations that were previously submitted for FY 2022 after determining that it did not receive enough filed H-1B petitions to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations. The H-1B petition filing period based on this second round of registration selections will begin on August 2, 2021 […]

By | 2021-07-29T17:52:59+00:00 July 29th, 2021|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS Selects Additional FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

No more H-4/L-2/E biometrics starting May 17th, 2021

As part of litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), Edakunni  v. Mayorkas, the Acting Associate Director of Service Center Operations (“SCOPS”) for USCIS confirmed in a declaration that starting around May 17th it will no longer require biometrics for the dependents of H-1B, L-1, and E-2 visa holders. AILA has also requested that USCIS return […]

By | 2021-05-04T13:35:37+00:00 May 4th, 2021|Categories: H-1B, L-1|Comments Off on No more H-4/L-2/E biometrics starting May 17th, 2021

New H-1B Cap Rule on Wage Level

The U.S.Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)  announced Thursday, January 7th, 2021, the final rule to amend H-1B regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) selects H-1B registrations for  H-1B cap-subject petitions.

Under this new rule, which takes effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, USCIS will […]

By | 2021-01-07T21:34:56+00:00 January 7th, 2021|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on New H-1B Cap Rule on Wage Level

Sweeping changes to H-1B / PERM wage leveling and H-1B “specialty occupation” take effect 10/7/20

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security H-1B Strengthening Rule and DOL Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rules were posted for public inspection.  Both DHS and DOL have issued press releases regarding these changes.

Both the DHS and DOL regulations will be published tomorrow in the federal register publish and have a 30 […]

By | 2020-10-06T19:48:41+00:00 October 6th, 2020|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B|Comments Off on Sweeping changes to H-1B / PERM wage leveling and H-1B “specialty occupation” take effect 10/7/20

DOL & H-1B Interim Final Regs expected as early as next week

On October 1, 2020, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), which is housed within the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), marked as “withdrawn” both the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Interim Final Regulations  (“IFR”). In an unusual move, OIRA has decided to not review these regulations […]

By | 2020-10-03T00:09:45+00:00 October 1st, 2020|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B|Comments Off on DOL & H-1B Interim Final Regs expected as early as next week

USCIS Selects Additional FY 2021 H-1B Cap Cases

On August 14, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began updating it’s H-1B portal with new Registration Selections, reflecting additional H-1B cap registrations had been selected in a second lottery cycle for FY 2021.  USCIS selected additional H-1B cap registrations because it did not receive enough filed H-1B petitions from the first lottery to […]

By | 2020-08-14T16:59:15+00:00 August 14th, 2020|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS Selects Additional FY 2021 H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS Policy memo on International Medical Graduates with J-1 waivers

On Monday, May 11, 2020, USCIS issued a policy memo titled, “Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Foreign Medical Graduates During the COVID-19 National Emergency.”

This USCIS memo addresses a few of the many issues currently facing International Medical Graduates (“IMG”) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  •  In situations in which an H-1B foreign […]
By | 2020-05-13T12:08:24+00:00 May 11th, 2020|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B, International Medical Graduate (IMG), J-1 waiver|Comments Off on USCIS Policy memo on International Medical Graduates with J-1 waivers

H-1B Cap lottery for FY 2021: Prepare now!

At the beginning of each new year, employers inevitably start preparing for the annual H-1B Cap lottery system. This year, USCIS is changing the way it is running the H-1B Cap lottery by implementing a pre-registration process and charging $10 for each H-1B registration. It is also moving up the date to register any desired […]

By | 2020-01-04T20:44:05+00:00 January 1st, 2020|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on H-1B Cap lottery for FY 2021: Prepare now!

USCIS announced proposed $10 fee for H-1B Cap registration

On September 3, 2019, USCIS announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require US Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS for the H-1B cap selection process. This is just a proposal, and USCIS will accept comments from stakeholders through October […]

By | 2019-09-04T10:19:40+00:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS announced proposed $10 fee for H-1B Cap registration

Sarah Peterson was quoted in Bloomberg on the new LCA disclosure requirements

Attorney Sarah Peterson was quoted in Bloomberg  discussing the new Labor Condition Application (LCA) secondary entity disclosure requirements. If you have questions on how this new disclosure information may be used, or how to use the H-1B program, please contact SPS Immigration.

By | 2019-08-16T11:23:23+00:00 August 6th, 2019|Categories: Compliance, H-1B, Media|Comments Off on Sarah Peterson was quoted in Bloomberg on the new LCA disclosure requirements