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H-1B registration for 2021 cap season dates announced

On Dec. 6, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the initial registration period for the H-1B cap season 2021 will begin on March 1, 2020 and end on March 20, 2020. Once selections have been announced, those selected will have 90 days to submit the petitions.

H-1B electronic registration requirement

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On Jan. 31, 2019, USCIS issued the final rules requiring employers to electronically register each intending beneficiary to enter the random selection process for H-1B cap cases. The registration requirement is expected to streamline the random selection process by permitting only those who are selected to submit …

Employer alert: a new H-1B filing season brings hope and anxiety

It is again the time for U.S. employers to begin considering filing H-1B petitions for prospective new foreign national employees. These petitions can be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on or after April 1, 2016 for employment beginning no earlier than Oct. 1, 2016, the beginning of the government’s 2017 fiscal year. The H-1B visa category provides for the temporary employment of foreign nationals who will work in “specialty occupations,” or those jobs for which at least a bachelor’s degree in a particular field is required, such as engineers, teachers, accountants, and many professional information technology positions.. …

USCIS Announces the H-1B Cap has been reached

This afternoon, the USCIS announced that it has received sufficient petitions for the H-1B visa to reach the statutory cap for Fiscal Year 2012. The H-1B cap is 65,000 per fiscal year, and an additional 20,000 visas are allocated to advance degree graduates of United States universities. The "masters cap" was reached on October 19, 2011, and the regular cap was reached on November 22, 2011. Thus, any petition not filed before November 22 will be rejected. Filing will open up again for Fiscal Year 2013 on April 1, 2012 to begin work on or after October 1, 2013.

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New H-1B Pre-Filing Registration On the Horizon

The Proposed Regulation

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced a proposed rule that would require employers of H-1B workers to complete a pre-filing registration before submitting petitions for individuals subject to the annual H-1B cap. The earliest it would go into effect would be January 2012. Once effective, employers will complete an online registration for each prospective, cap-subject H-1B employee. CIS then will provide a confirmation instructing that the employer may file a petition on behalf of the specific person. Employers still may file petitions for more than one person, but a separate pre-registration will be required for each …

USCIS to Start Mailing Rejection Notices for April 1, 2008 H-1B Filings

On June 12, 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed the American Immigration Lawyers Association that the H-1B random selection process has been completed. USCIS completed the intake and receipt processes for all filings as of May 24, 2008 and began mailing rejection notices the week of June 9. Therefore, if an employer has not yet received a filing confirmation (Form I-797C Notice of Action), it likely means that the petition was not selected in the random process and that the rejection notice will be forthcoming.…