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H-1B Visa Caps

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly... more +
The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent." Examples of specialty occupations include chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine, and architecture, to name a few. Individuals may not apply for H-1B visas; they are distributed only through the approval of employer petitions. In order to protect U.S. workers from unfair competition resulting from the program, the rules require that employers pay nonimmigrant workers equivalent wages to similarly-situated U.S. workers or the industry's prevailing wage. H-1B visas are subject to a yearly cap which is currently set at 85,000.   less -

Looking into our Crystal Ball to Plan Ahead for H-1B Season

It’s hard to believe that H-1B season is around the corner! United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will start accepting new H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2019 on Monday, April 2, 2018. As such, employers...more

USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2019 on April 2, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) starting April 2, 2018. Because April 1, 2018 falls on a Sunday, USCIS will accept...more

Premium Processing Resumed for all H-1B Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions after a six month suspension of the program for these petitions. Over the past few months, USCIS has progressively re-opened premium...more

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions....more

Premium Processing Reinstated for All H-1B Cases

by Cozen O'Connor on

USCIS announced that premium processing has been reinstated for all H-1B petitions. Effective October 3, 2017, employers may request to upgrade pending H-1B petitions to premium processing. Suspension of premium processing...more

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

by Varnum LLP on

Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept premium processing requests on all H-1B petitions....more

H-1B Premium Processing Returns on October 3 for All H-1B Cases

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the suspension of premium processing which started on April 3, 2017, for all H-1B petitions will now resume for all H-1B cases. In this...more

USCIS: H-1B Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Visa Petitions Accepted and Pending under 2018 Cap Resumes

Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for H1-B Premium Processing services, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the premium processing halt on certain H-1B...more

Don't Forget the H-1B October 1, 2017 Start Date

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The October 1st start date for H-1B cap-subject petitions is rapidly approaching. Foreign nationals who were selected in this year's H-1B lottery and their petitioning companies should remember several key points about the...more

Now Effective: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Selected Under Fiscal Year 2018 Cap

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On Monday, September 18, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would resume offering its 15-day Premium Processing service for any H-1B visa petition still pending that had been...more

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing by October 3, 2017

Earlier this year the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it would suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. The suspension was to allow USCIS to reduce its backlog of...more

Premium Processing Service Resumes for FY 2018 Cap-Subject Cases

by Miller Canfield on

USCIS announced it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2018 cap. Effective September 18, 2017, employers may request to upgrade pending cap-subject petitions with premium...more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for 2018 H-1B Cap Cases

by Littler on

On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would resume the premium processing service for fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap cases....more

Premium Processing Resumes For H-1B Cap Cases

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. Who can use Premium Processing? Premium...more

H-1B Premium Processing Resumed

by Mintz Levin on

On September 18, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the FY2018 annual cap....more

Temporary Worker Visa Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Visas

On Monday, September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release announcing an immediate resumption of Premium Processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap....more

Premium Processing Resumed for H-1B Cap Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. This includes petitions receipted in this year's H-1B lottery process, subject to the standard H-1B cap of 65,000 and...more

USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

by Cozen O'Connor on

USCIS announced on Monday, September 18, 2017, that it will immediately accept premium processing requests of all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2017,...more

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for FY2018 H-1B Cap Cases

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that premium processing will resume for a limited type of H-1B petition. USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject...more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap Subject H-1B Petitions

by Foley Hoag LLP on

As of Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed accepting requests for premium processing for cap subject petitions. The process is only available for pending petitions, not...more

USCIS Allows Premium Processing of Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

by Morgan Lewis on

Premium processing resumed on September 18, 2017. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on September 18, 2017 that it will once again allow premium processing of all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal...more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced, on September 18, 2017, that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. USCIS had originally...more

Premium Processing Now Available for Cap H-1B Visas

by Varnum LLP on

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed the premium processing option for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B cap visa petitions filed for an October 1, 2018 start date. Premium processing...more

Premium Processing Resumes for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions filed subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018...more

Premium Processing Of H-1B Petitions Further Expanded, Effective Immediately

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today, September 18, 2017, that it will again expand its resumption of premium processing for additional types of H-1B petitions. Effective immediately, H-1B...more

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