NEWS

Proposed Rule for Pre-Registration of H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

The DHS issued its Fall 208 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and Regulatory Plan, which includes a proposal entitled “Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap Subject Aliens.” It proposes the establishment of an electronic registration program for H-1B cap-subject petitions to allow US Citizenship and Immigration READ MORE

USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced that it is extending the suspension of premium processing for fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject cases and beginning on September 11, 2018, expanding the suspension of premium processing to H-1B petitions filed with the Vermont Service Center and California Service Center. The extension of the suspension of premium processing for the H-1B cap READ MORE

H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2019

USCIS announced that as of April 6, 2018, the H-1B cap has been reached for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) with a start date of October 1, 2018. It will now conduct a computerized lottery to determine which H-1B petitions will be allocated one of the 85,000 bachelor’s degree cap visa numbers and one of READ MORE

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

USCIS announced that as of April 2, 2018, it will temporarily suspend premium processing only for H-1B cap petitions for fiscal year 2019 (with a start date of October 1, 2018). Such suspension will include petitions filed under the US master’s degree or higher cap.  USCIS anticipates that this suspension will last until September 10, READ MORE

Summary of Immigration Innovation Act of 2018, or I-Squared

On January 25, 2018, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced S. 2344, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2018, or I-Squared. It will increase H-1B statutory cap, provide for employment authorization for H-4 spouses and children, ease H-1B worker mobility, allow for greater immigrant visa number availability (thereby shortening the green card process READ MORE