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USCIS Adopts New H-1b Lottery Regulations

USCIS has issued its final rule adopting a pre-registration requirement for the annual H-1b lottery, as well as a new lottery selection procedure so as to maximize the number of Master’s Degree petitions ultimately approved. Because of technical c… Read More
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Categories: H-1b, Skilled Workers

DHS Seeks to Rescind Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses of H-1b Workers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated in a May 2018 court filing that it plans to imminently publish a proposal to rescind its regulation permitting employment authorization for spouses of H-1B workers with approved permanent resident peti… Read More
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H-1B Cap Random Selection Process Complete for FY 2019

On April 11, 2018, USCIS completed its random selection process of H-1b cap petitions for FY 2019. USCIS received a total of 190,098 petitions, of which 94, 213 were filed for the 65,000 available regular cap visas, and 95,885 petitions were filed fo… Read More
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Senators Hatch and Flake Introduce Immigration and Innovation Act Improving H-1b and Skilled Worker Immigration Programs

Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake introduced the Immigration and Innovation Act on January 25, 2018 in the Senate, which proposes significant changes to the H-1b program and employment-based immigration system. The bill incorporates many common sen… Read More
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USCIS to Suspend H-1b Premium Processing for 6 Months Starting April 3

USCIS announced March 3 that it will suspend 15 day premium processing of all H-1b petitions for up to six months starting April 3, 2017. The late Friday afternoon announcement applies not only to FY2018 petitions for “new” H-1b employee… Read More
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FY2018 H-1b Season Cometh

FY2018 H-1b Filing Window Opens April 3 USCIS will accept employer petitions for the FY2018 H-1b visa allotment from April 3 to April 7, 2017, for an October 1, 2017, employee start date. In recent years USCIS has received sufficient numbers of petit… Read More
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Categories: H-1b, Skilled Workers