Immigration Blog

Why Strategic Preparation for New H-1B Cap Filings Is Needed Pre-Registration

This year, significant changes to the H-1B cap-subject application process are expected to go into effect. There are still many unknowns, a high likelihood of RFEs, and a very tight deadline. For the highest chance of success, it is crucial to begin strategic preparation before registration and be ready to file soon after filing opens. Here are a few reasons why. To facilitate work authorization and adjudication by October 1st.  H-1B registration will occur in […]

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Webinar: Preparing for the 2020 H-1B Season

It’s that time of the year! The 2020 H-1B Cap Season is upon us, and this year is shaking out to be the most uncertain one to date. Sign up for our webinar on Jan. 30. This webinar will break down: the new registration process, the H-1B cap process, current challenges,  tips for navigating those challenges and more. It will take place on Thursday, January 30 from 2-3 pm. Mark your calendars, and be on […]

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Tips and Approaches for the New H-1B Cap Season

USCIS just announced the new electronic registration process for H-1Bs in 2020.  With the new process, employers will first provide general information about the company and each potential H-1B worker (and pay a $10 registration fee) starting on March 1st — beginning the process a month earlier than previous years. Conceptually, I think electronic registration is a good idea. And expecting that the process would change, we began to prepare for the changes and H-1B […]

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FAQs about RFEs: Understanding RFEs and How to Establish an H-1B Speciality Occupation – Part 3

Part 3 of this series answers the final FAQs about RFEs, particularly as they relate to specialty occupations H-1B petitions. Read parts one and two. 5. How do we establish that the position is a specialty occupation? The petition must demonstrate to USCIS’ satisfaction that the position is one that requires not only the understanding and application of a highly specialized body of knowledge but also that the employer and the industry normally require at […]

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FAQs about RFEs: Understanding RFEs and How to Establish an H-1B Speciality Occupation – Part 2

Part 2 of this series answers more FAQs about RFEs, particularly as they relate to specialty occupations H-1B petitions. You can read Part 1 here. 3. The initial petition was approved without an RFE or extensive documentation. Why did we receive an RFE? While immigration laws and regulations have not significantly changed over the last few years, USCIS’ adjudicatory policies and procedures have changed significantly. For example, USCIS no longer accepts factual statements made by […]

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H-1B Cap Subject Petitions Will Now Come with a $10 Registration Fee

USCIS officially announced the addition of a $10 registration fee recently. They say that this non-refundable fee will be required for registrations that are submitted as part of the FY2021 H-1B cap process. This, of course, is assuming that testing of the system has actually been completed. Currently, it is not complete, so the new registration requirement has not technically been added. In fact, USCIS has said that it will provide the public with “ample […]

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