During the Trump administration, many H-1B applications, including renewals of H-1B employment, were denied due to three policies which federal courts have found to violate the law. The policies were embodied in several USCIS memoranda:
- “Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for adjudication of H-1B petitions, including Third-Party Site Placements (Reference AFM Chapter 31.3.(g)(16)) issued January 8, 2010
- “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites” issued February 22, 2018
- “Rescission of the December 22, 2000 ‘Guidance memo on H-1B computer related positions’” issued March 31, 2017.
On March 12, 2021, the USCIS announced it will entertain motions to reopen and/or reconsider H-1B petitions that were denied based upon these three policy memoranda. Affected employers can file a motion to reopen their case for possible approval IF there is still time remaining in the required period of employment (validity period) under the labor condition application (LCA). To file a motion to reopen, the H-1B employer must file an I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion form and pay a $675 filing fee.
For some, this is a second chance for approval of their case even if the H-1B denial has occurred more than 30 days ago. If your petition was denied based on one of the three policies, contact your immigration attorney.
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