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H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

USCIS announced today that they have completed the selection process for the cap subject H-1B electronic registration, and will begin notifying petitioners and/or their attorneys of whether their registrations were selected. For those selected, the petitioning company will have from April 1, 2020 until June 30, 2020 to file a corresponding H-1B petition for that[…]

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USCIS Announces Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

A bit of good news amongst all the madness, USCIS announced today that they will accept scanned versions of signatures on all forms, including those that previously required a “wet” signature. This should add some much-needed flexibility to both attorneys and clients and should better facilitate the timely filing of immigration-related petitions/applications.   Copied from[…]

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USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

USCIS announced today, effective immediately, the temporary suspension of premium processing services for all I-129 and I-140 petitions. There is no concrete date for when USCIS anticipates resuming premium processing. We will keep our readers informed as soon as more information is available. Stay safe and healthy everyone!   Copied from USCIS:   U.S. Citizenship[…]

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USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY2021 Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced yesterday the temporary suspension of premium processing for FY2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Fortunately, this seems to only be a temporary measure. USCIS plans to resume premium processing for those cap-subject H-1B petitions seeking a change of status from F-1 status to H-1B status no later than May 27, 2020, and for all remaining[…]

USCIS Formally Announces Implementation of Electronic H-1B Registration Process and the Registration Timeframe

As H-1B season 2020 approaches, USCIS continues to provide trickles of information about what this new landscape will look like. Today, they announced the formal implementation of the electronic registration process and gave some insight as to the timeline. As we knew before, the registration period will open on March 1st, 2020 and will run[…]

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USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season

The day has finally come. USCIS has announced the implementation of the electronic registration process for next year’s H-1B lottery, forever changing the landscape of H-1Bs. Instead of preparing and filing completed H-1B petitions and then finding out whether or not that petition was selected in the lottery, employers (or their attorneys) will now electronically[…]

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USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee

USCIS announced that, effective November 29th, the premium processing fee is increasing from $1,410 to $1,440. This is only a $30 increase, but it will be worth monitoring to see whether small fee increases become more frequent.   Copied from USCIS:   Fee Increase Consistent with the Consumer Price Index Release Date: Oct. 30, 2019 WASHINGTON —[…]

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Significant Changes In Store For H-1B Filings In 2020

As we all know, significant changes are in store for H-1Bs for FY2020, perhaps the biggest since the implementation of the program. USCIS envisions implementing a registration period where companies will pay a minimal $10 fee and provide information about themselves, the beneficiary they intend to hire, and basic information about the job. USCIS will[…]

H-4s No Longer Simultaneously Adjudicated With H-1Bs Due To New I-539 Biometrics Requirement

  It has always been the policy of USCIS to simultaneously adjudicate H-1Bs and H-4s filed concurrently. However, the new I-539 biometrics requirement promulgated in March of this year has resulted in a change to this practice. We have heard from colleagues that H-4s are no longer necessarily being adjudicated at the same time as[…]

U.S. Considering Possible H-1B Quota for Indian Nationals

The U.S. is apparently considering imposing a percentage cap on H-1B visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally. It appears that India would be the first victim of such a policy, if it were ever promulgated. The threat comes in the wake of heightened tensions between the two countries, particularly over[…]