H-1B Cap Season Alert from USCIS

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season, start dates for premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, and the launch of its new H-1B data hub, while reminding petitioners of its new H-1B cap selection process. These new efforts underscore the agency’s commitment …

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H-1B Visa Lottery Change Could Favor Employees with U.S. Master’s Degree or Higher

As expected, the government has significantly changed the H-1B visa rules for H-1B visa applications subject to annual numerical limitations ("H-1B cap").  The new rule (1) adds an electronic registration requirement for employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, and (2) reverses the order  of selecting petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree ("master's …

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Premium Processing is now available for last year’s pending H-1B cap cases.

Employers who still have pending H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2018 can now request premium processing of those cases.  Even though the USCIS has taken nearly a year to decide these petitions, an employer can't be sure when its petition will be processed unless it agrees to pay the steep $1410 premium processing price. …

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Cap-Gap and Unlawful Presence Warning for F-1 OPT Students with Pending H-1B Petitions

September 30 marked the end of work authorization for F-1 students who were working based upon their pending  "cap-gap" H-1B petitions.  Until the H-1B petition is decided, these students can remain in the U.S. but must stop working as of October 1.  If the student continues working, he or she will no longer have legal …

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USCIS Announces It Has Completed Random Selection of H-1B Cap Petitions for Processing

USCIS Announcment: On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2019. USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 2, including petitions filed for …

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H-1B Cap Reached for FY2019

USCIS released the following statement today: USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject …

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H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season?

The race for H-1B professional worker visas begins April 2, 2018.  Employers of recently graduated foreign students and others will vie for new visas, which are limited to  65,000 per fiscal year (the “H-1B cap”).   And of these, 6,800 are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore under certain free trade agreements, effectively leaving only …

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