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DHS Proposing Rule to “Strengthen” the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program

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[…]

Texas Service Center to Begin Accepting Form I-129 for Certain H-1B Petitions

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 Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

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[…]

U.S. Secretary of Labor Proposes to Increase H-1B Filing Fees

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,[…]

USCIS Commemorates Second Anniversary of Buy American and Hire American Executive Order

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 Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

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[…]