NEWS

Avoiding a Gap in F-1 OPT Employment While H-1B Pending

USCIS is starting to issue H-1B receipts for petitions that won a lottery number.  These receipts will allow those F-1 foreign students working pursuant to their optional practical training (OPT) employment authorization document (EAD) that will expire before October 1, 2019, to extend their EAD until October 1st, unless their petition is denied before then.  This READ MORE

DHS Publishes H-1B Pre-Registration Rule for the H-B Cap

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a final rule that revises regulations governing the selection of H‑1B petitions filed under the H‑1B cap. This new electronic, pre-registration process will be suspended for the FY2020 H‑1B cap filing season, which is April 1, 2019. The final rule becomes effective on April 1, 2019, but will READ MORE

Resumption of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on Monday, January 28, 2019, for all FY2019 H‑1B cap petitions, including those filed under the master’s cap. However, the temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H‑1B petitions to which it applied. Pending H-1B cap cases, especially those with outstanding READ MORE

DHS Proposes H-1B Pre-Registration Rule for the H-B Cap

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require H-1B petitioners filing H-1B cap subject petitions to file electronically with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a registration period. This registration process will cover H-1B beneficiaries who may be counted under section 214(g)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality READ MORE

International Travel for F-1 Students on OPT with Pending H-1B Cap Cases

Are you an F-1 student on optional practical training (OPT) with the employment authorization document (EAD) who would like to travel abroad during a pending H-1B cap case? Then it is very important that you be aware of how such travel could affect your H-1B petition, since international travel could result in a denial of READ MORE