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Apr 1, 2020

Green & Spiegel Attorneys Earn Approval of H-1B in Federal Court Hospitality Management is a “Specialty Occupation”

Stephen Antwine

A Rhode Island restaurant group challenged a USCIS denial and won H-1B “specialty occupation” status for its General Operations Manager, an Indian national, in federal court. Learn more in this press release.

Mar 18, 2020

Premium Processing Suspended for FY2021 H-1B Cap

Joshua H. Rolf

H-1B Premium Processing will not be available when filing period opens April 1, 2020. It should be available for Petitions requesting a change of status from F-1 to H-1B no later than May 27, 2020, and for all others no sooner than June 29, 2020. For now, suspension only applies to FY2021 H-1B Cap Petitions. Unclear how COVID-19 will affect Premium Processing availability more generally. Learn more in this blog.

Jun 10, 2019

Premium Processing Now Available for All FY2020 H-1B Cap Petitions

Joshua H. Rolf

Beginning June 10, 2019, USCIS will accept Premium Processing for all Petitions selected in this year’s H-1B Cap Lottery. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 9, 2019

Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Regular Cap Reached

Joshua H. Rolf

On Friday, April 5, 2019, USCIS announced that it once again reached the limit for H-1B Petitions submitted under the Fiscal Year 2020 Regular Cap, and which arrived at the Service between April 1 - 5, 2019. Learn more in this article.

Mar 12, 2019

H-1B Premium Processing Is Back

Joshua H. Rolf

Effective March 12, 2019, USCIS will resume accepting Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 17, 2019

UPDATE: New H-1B Cap Regulations Making Progress

Joshua H. Rolf

Late last week, USCIS took another step towards revamping the H-1B Cap Lottery. As we reviewed in December, the agency proposed a rule that would create an online pre-registration system and reverse the order of Cap selections. Following the end of its comment period in early January, USCIS has now forwarded the proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget, and intends to review and respond to public comments in the coming weeks.

Dec 5, 2018

A Potential H-1B Sea Change: DHS’ Proposed H-1B Electronic Registration System

Jonathan A. Grode and Joshua H. Rolf

On December 3, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a proposed rule that, if adopted, will fundamentally alter the H-1B Cap process, replacing the current lottery with an electronic registration system that has the potential to save time, money, and headaches for all H-1B stakeholders.

Jul 25, 2018

Analysis: USCIS Issues Two Policy Memoranda that Could be Significantly Detrimental to Business Immigration

Jonathan A. Grode

On June 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum in PM-602-0050.1 regarding when the agency will issu...

May 17, 2018

USCIS Completes Data Entry for H-1B Cap

Joshua H. Rolf

On May 15, 2018, approximately one-month after completing its selections, USCIS announced that it has finished its data entry for all H-1B Cap Peti...

May 11, 2018

Reminder: USCIS Still Denying Advance Parole Applications

As a reminder to our clients, USCIS is continuing to deny pending Advance Parole (AP) applications (Form I-131) for applicants who travel abroad be...

Apr 13, 2018

H-1B Cap Selection Process Completed

Joshua H. Rolf

On April 11, 2018, USCIS announced that it completed the randomized selection of Petitions submitted for the Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap. USCIS repor...

Apr 10, 2018

Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Reached

Joshua H. Rolf

On Friday, April 6, 2018, USCIS announced that it once again reached the limit for H-1B Petitions submitted for the Fiscal Year 2019 Regular and Ma...

Nov 16, 2017

New Legislation Targets H-1B Dependent Employers

Joshua H. Rolf

On November 15, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 170, better known as the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act, clearing the way for...