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USCIS Implements $10 Fee…

USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Registration

On January 31, 2019, USCIS issued a final rule which made substantial changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule added an electronic registration component for petitioners submitting H-1B cap-subject petitions. It also changed the order in wh… Read More
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H-1B Registration Updates

H-1B Registration Updates

On January 31, 2019, USCIS issued a final rule which made substantial changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule added an electronic registration component for petitioners submitting H-1B cap-subject petitions. It also changed the order in wh… Read More
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New Registration Fee for…

New Registration Fee for H-1B Petitioners

On January 31, 2019, DHS published a rule which requires petitioners to electronically register with USCIS prior to filing H-1B cap-subject petitions. Yesterday, September 3, 2019, DHS announced a proposal to impose a $10 fee for each electronic regi… Read More
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Proposed H-1B Registratio…

Proposed H-1B Registration Fee Regulation Pending Review at OMB

On May 22, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its Spring 2019 Fall Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions. This list is a public overview of anticipated federal regulatory actions. It is important to note that t… Read More
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USCIS Starts Premium Proc…

USCIS Starts Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Today

Today, June 10, 2019, USCIS will begin premium processing for the remaining fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Starting today, petitioners may file the request for premium processing, or the Form I-907, with the USCIS service center that is… Read More
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Texas Service Center to A…

Texas Service Center to Accept Form I-129 for H-1B Petitions

On May 20, 2019, the USCIS Texas Service Center will begin processing the Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for certain H-1B cap-exempt petitions requesting: A change in previously approved employment A change of employer Concurrent em… Read More
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USCIS Completes Data Entr…

USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On May 17, 2019, USCIS finished entering the data of FY2020 cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery. The lottery is a computer-generated, random selection process and includes petitions under the advanced degree exemption. As they have done in… Read More
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USCIS Reaches FY2020 H-1B…

USCIS Reaches FY2020 H-1B Master's Cap

On April 5, 2019, USCIS announced that they had reached the 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for FY2020. On April 10, 2019, they reached the 20,000 H-1B advanced degree exemption, or master’s cap. USCIS received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the fi… Read More
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USCIS Reaches FY2020 H-1B…

USCIS Reaches FY2020 H-1B Regular Cap

USCIS announced last week that they received all of the H-1B petitions that they needed to reach the 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. They will next determine if they have enough petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced… Read More
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New Two-Phased Approach f…

New Two-Phased Approach for H-1B Premium Processing

A Two-Phased Approach On May 20, 2019, USCIS will start premium processing for FY2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions that are requesting a change of status on Form I-129 and that filed Form I-907, the request for premium processing service, with the H-1B… Read More
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