The proposed regulatory agenda for business immigration in 2020 includes: Re-defining the term “specialty occupation” to continue to narrow the occupations that qualify for H-1B visas. The target date for this proposal is spring 2020. Extension of the 15-day premium processing timeline from 15 calendar days to 15 business days. Elimination of the ability of H-4 spouses to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD). The target date for this proposal is March 2020. Employers […]Continue Reading
Since the year 2000, immigrants have made up almost 40% of American Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry, Medicine, and Physics. This year is no different, with four US immigrants being named Nobel Laureates. Learn more about these amazing men and women and their contributions at Forbes. Where will our next Nobel winners come from?Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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Is a New H-1B Registration System Really Coming Next Year?
Short answer: maybe? Rumors have been swirling for a little while now that USCIS will have a new electronic registration system for H-1B applications starting in the FY2021 cap filing season. But USCIS hasn’t confirmed anything. So AILA, along with 14 business, higher education, and HR associations, sent a letter to USCIS asking for clarity on the issue. Their response? According to The Mercury News, Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Director of USCIS, said that ultimately the […]Continue Reading
USCIS has announced that all H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2020 that were not chosen in their computer-generated random selection process have been returned. Read more.Continue Reading