Legal Alert: New Rule Prohibits Filing Multiple H1-B Petitions on Behalf of a Single Employee


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an interim final rule on March 19, 2008, that prohibits employers from filing more than one petition for an H-1B visa for a single employee in a fiscal year. USCIS will now either deny or revoke multiple petitions filed by an employer for the same H-1B worker. USCIS will not refund filing fees for duplicative or multiple H-1B petitions. The interim final rule will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register and is available on the USCIS website at

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