Changes are coming on the H-1B front, and likely none of them good. The Department of Homeland Security will be proposing a rule that, among other things, will attempt to revise the definition of specialty occupation, revise the definition of employment and employer-employee relationship, and craft additional requirements designed to ensure employers pay the requisite[…]
USCIS announced today that the Texas Service Center will begin processing certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions. In addition to this announcement, USCIS also switched up other filing addresses and procedures. For example, prior to this announcement, all H-1B petitions requesting a continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer were adjudicated at the[…]
USCIS has just announced that it has completed data entry and processing for all H-1B cap-subject petitions which were selected in the lottery for fiscal year 2020. They will now begin the process of returning those H-1B petitions which were, unfortunately, not selected this year. While receipt notices may still likely trickle in for the[…]
The Trump administration continues its attack on the H-1B visa program on all fronts. Earlier this month, while testifying before a Congressional Committee on the annual budget of the Department of Labor, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta proposed increasing filing fees for H-1B visa petitions. The proposed fee increase would take place on October 1,[…]
Below is a list of policies and regulations that USCIS has enacted since Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) went into effect. Despite its seemingly benign and lofty ideals of “[protecting] economic interests of U.S. workers” and “[preventing] fraud and abuse” BAHA’s reality has been little more than furthering the not-so-secret policy of this administration[…]
USCIS has just announced that, effective tomorrow, March 12, 2019, they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions. Copied from USCIS: USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the[…]
Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12040939 (posted May. 7, 2012)” May 4, 2012 H-1B Cap Count As of May 4, 2012, approximately 32,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 13,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.
As of June 17, 2011, approximately 16,300 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 10,800 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.
As of January 26, 2011, USCIS has received a sufficient number of cap-subject H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2011. USCIS also has received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.
As of January 14, 2011, approximately 60,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.