H-1B Ban Set to Expire March 31, 2021

Update April 1, 2021 DOS has just provided an update on its website. Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance.  Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation...

USCIS is Responding Quickly to Service Request Inquiry

We have been posting about the on-going delays affecting numerous case types since October 2020. USCIS Receipt Delays and Its Impact on Employment VerificationCIS Ombudsman Provides Case Assistance on Receipt Delays, Biometrics Appointment, EAD delaysUpdate on the Receipt Notice DelaysUSCIS Receipt Notice Update: N-400USCIS Receipt Notice Update: Final Two I-485 Receipt Notices Received (4...

Some H-1B Petitions (Cap Subject) were Rejected Last Year Because the Petitions Included a Start Date After October 1

This is both shockingly absurd and sad. A lawsuit was filed (a copy of the complaint is attached below) recently by multiple petitioners whose H-1B petitions were rejected due to their requesting for a start date post October 1, 2020. Last year was the first year of the new bifurcated process of accepting cap subject H-1B petitions. The first phase is the lottery selection. And the second phase...

Hope – As Some Denied H-1B petitions May Get a Second Chance

As we have previously reported, Biden has immediately taken steps after swearing in to dismantle Trump’s restrictive H-1B measures. He has already revoked/rescinded prior policy memos that have led to record number of RFEs and denials. On March 12, 2021, USCIS announced that it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions on Form I-129 made based on three rescinded policy memos. They key...

Steps to Take by the Employer when Attorney is Registering H-1B Candidates on its Behalf

This post relates to employer's obligations when it has retained an attorney to handle its H-1B registration. First, the employer must have access to its USCIS account. If employer has created an account last year, the same login credential should work. If not, employer should go through the reset password procedure. If employer has never created an account, employer should follow the...

Avoid Common Errors During H-1B Registration

As we enter into the registration period (March 9, 2021 to March 25, 2021), it is important to note some of the common mistakes so that each beneficiary is properly registered. The company should be aware that there are three account types to choose from. Choose the correct one. Regardless of whether they have an attorney or not, they must have an account as a “H-1B registrant”. Please see...

Final Rule Creating a Wage-Based H-1B Lottery Delayed Until 12/31/2021

As we have previously reported, this final rule has been postponed in light of Biden's efforts to postpone "midnight regulations" that signed by President Trump during the waning days of his administration. See our earlier posts: Final Rule on Creating Wage-Based Selection System for H-1B Cap-Subject PetitionH-1B Lottery unlikely to be impacted by the New RuleH-1B Lottery for FY2022 will Remain...

H-1B注册抽签3月9日开始

美国移民局2022年度H-1B注册抽签将从3月9日开始,您和您的雇主准备好了吗? H-1B签证一直是美国最重要的工作签证之一。H-1B签证允许从事专业职业 (specialty occupation)...

USCIS Receipt Delays and Its Impact on Employment Verification

As we have been posting recently, USCIS is experiencing record delays in issuing receipt notices of various applications. We just finally received all receipt notices in connection with I-485 employment based applications in October 2020 (a 4 month wait!). It does not seems like the situation is improving as we are continuing to receive various receipt notices that are 2 to 3 months late. The...

The Revocation of Two Trump Era Policies is Expected to Reduce Scrutiny of H-1B petitions

The Biden Administration has revoked or rescinded two Trump era policies: "Buy American and Hire American" (BAHA) Executive Order, andthe 2017 Computer Programmer Memorandum. Revocation of BAHA Executive Order The BAHA executive order was signed on April 18, 2017 by President Trump which aimed to protect and increase wages for US workers by restricting alien worker visas such as H-1B and L-1....