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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[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

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[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

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 —[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

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[…]

Watson Immigration Law News Update

Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10

  USCIS announced today that they are resuming premium processing for all remaining cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those filed consular processing, starting on June 10th. Employers wishing to upgrade their cap-subject H-1B petitions to premium processing (and receive a decision from USCIS within 15 calendar days) may do so starting Monday. Premium processing still remains[…]

Watson Immigration Law News Update

USCIS Updates Rejection Criteria for Form I-129

  USCIS has announced that it is expanding its rejection criteria for Form I-129 to include those petitions that do not list the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of the form. As good general practice, be extra careful and double and triple check all forms and information prior[…]

Watson Immigration Law News Update

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[…]

Watson Immigration Law News Update

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[…]