Category Archives: H-1B Cap

Walk the Walk: H-1B Employment Must Be Non-Speculative

by Brian Halliday On the heels of their newly modified mission statement rejecting the United States as a nation of immigrants, instead shifting emphasis to “protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a 7-page policy memorandum affecting placement of H-1B workers at third-party worksites. The…
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Elimination of H-4 Spouse Work Authorization on the Horizon

The Federal government recently released its Regulatory Agenda for Fall 2017. In that agenda, the Department of Homeland Security made its first concrete statement that the agency plans to remove the provision regarding work authorization for H-4 spouses from the regulations. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is expected in February 2018. https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201710&RIN=1615-AC15 Other changes…
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H-1B News

Another H-1B cap season has come and gone, and USCIS is busily unpacking thousands of H-1B petitions as we speak. But USCIS has not been idle while they waited for the influx of new petitions. Yesterday, the agency announced two new initiatives to deal with "fraud and abuse" in the H-1B program. The first steps…
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USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing of H-1Bs as of April 3

Late on Friday USCIS announced it would be suspending premium processing of all H-1B petitions for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017. This does include cap-subject cases filed on March 31. USCIS states they are doing this to reduce the processing time for non-expedited H-1B petitions, which has increased to 7-8 months.…
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