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Effect of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on H-1B Employment

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has had extensive impact on H-1B employment, and the circumstances and policies continue to change on a daily basis. The following is a summary of the key ways that the pandemic has impacted H-1B employers and...

December 26, 2019
Chandni Shah

The New H-1B Lottery Process at a Glance

On December 6, 2019, USCIS announced it will be implementing a new online H-1B registration system for the upcoming FY 2021 H-1B cap season. This new registration system will require employers to electronically register applicants prior to filing the complete...

May 23, 2019
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

H-1B Cap Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2020 is Complete

On May 17, 2019, USCIS announced that it completed data entry for all H-1B petitions filed in the 2020 cap and that some cases will be transferred to different service centers after receipts are issued. The transfers will depend upon...

March 15, 2019
Chandni Shah

Last Call for H-1B Cap Petitions!

The lottery window for H-1B Cap Petitions opens up on April 1st, 2019, leaving employers just a few weeks to file H-1B petitions for foreign nationals requiring work authorization for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019. Because time is...

February 27, 2019
Beata Leja

Act now! Proposed Rule to Eliminate H-4 EAD Pending Review

After many months of speculation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially submitted a rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OBM) on February 20, 2019 proposing to eliminate the H-4 EAD.  The proposed rule, titled “Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the...

December 18, 2018
Stephen Tarnoff

USCIS Proposing Major Changes to H-1B Cap Subject Application Process

In a move that is certain to cause greater confusion for employers planning to file H-1B petitions by April 1, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a proposed rule that, if implemented, will significantly change the process...

September 27, 2018
Tahreem Kalam

Talking Points for HR & Recruiters Dealing with Increased Anxiety Related to H-1B Transfers

H-1B workers are rightfully anxious these days. H-1B Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and denials are at an all-time high as a result of President Trump’s Buy American, Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. In the 1st quarter of 2017, the USCIS...

USCIS Can Now Deny Applications without an RFE or NOID

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has taken another step in making it more difficult for employers to hire and retain foreign national employees. On July 13, 2018, USCIS issued a policy memorandum giving immigration officers significantly more discretion to...

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