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USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for FY2019 H-1B Cap Petitions on Monday

USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on Monday, January 28, 2019, for all FY2019 H‑1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”). The previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H‑1B petitions to which it applied.

Advance Copy of USCIS Proposed Rule to Create Registration Requirement for Cap-Subject H‑1B Petitions

DHS announced a proposed rule that would create a registration requirement for cap-subject H‑1B petitions and change the rules so that the 65,000 “regular” lottery is run first, followed by the 20,000 “master’s” lottery.

USCIS Returns Unselected FY2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced that as of yesterday, July 30, 2018, it had returned all FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the lottery.

Trump May Slash Number of Refugees U.S. Accepts by 40 Percent

the White House is considering a second major reduction in the number of refugees accepted for resettlement in the United States. Last year, the Trump administration set the cap for refugee admissions at a historic low of 45,000. President Trump must officially set the cap by the start of FY2019, which begins on October 1, 2018

Already USCIS Reached FY2018 H-1B Cap

USCIS reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for FY2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all unselected petitions. 

H-2B Cap reached for 2017

USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for FY2017. March 13, 2017, was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2017.

USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for FY2017

USCIS announced that it has received enough petitions to reach the numerical limit of 12,998 workers who may be issued CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) visas or otherwise provided with CW-1 status for FY2017. The final receipt date for CW-1 worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2017, was October 14, 2016.

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