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The Council Files Another Complaint Challenging USCIS “Not a Specialty Occupation” H-1B Petition Denial

The American Immigration Council filed suit on behalf of a company that provides amenity services to seniors, their families, and their senior communities to challenge USCIS’s “not a specialty occupation” denial of an H-1B petition.

H-1B Cap Reached Within Days, Highlighting America’s Need for Foreign Professionals to Fill Critical Workforce Gaps

USCIS announced that it had once again received more than enough H‑1B petitions within the first five business days of the FY2020 filing period to reach the annual cap of 85,000 new H‑1B visas. The agency received 201,011 petitions, an increase from last year’s total of 190,098.

FY2020 Cap-Subject H‑1B Petitions

USCIS will accept new H‑1B petitions subject to the annual quota for FY2020 starting on April 1, 2019

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H‑1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018

USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on February 19, 2019, for all H‑1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. For pending H‑1Bs that have been transferred, a premium processing request must be submitted to the service center now handling the petition.

Deadline to Submit Comments on H-1B Proposed Rule Is Wednesday

USCIS published a proposed rule earlier this month that would require petitioners planning to file H‑1B cap-subject petitions to register electronically ahead of the annual H-1B lottery

The Council Files Lawsuit Challenging USCIS Denial of Computer Systems Analyst H‑1B Extension

The American Immigration Council filed a lawsuit on behalf of a U.S. company, challenging USCIS’s denial of an H‑1B extension petition for a Computer Systems Analyst on the grounds that it is “not a specialty occupation.” The case is co-counseled with Frederikson & Byron, P.A., as part of the Council’s efforts to encourage federal court challenges to arbitrary decisions. 

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.

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