Category Archives: H-1B Specialty Occupation & H-4 Dependent visas

  1. H-1B Denial Rates Continue to Drop

    Many applicants filing for an H-1B, under the previous administration, had to contend with difficult Requests for Evidence, followed by erroneous denials.  According to the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a nonpartisan policy research group, the denial rates for H-1B petitions for initial (new) employment was as follows: 24% in FY 2018; 21% in…

  2. USCIS Confirms It Will Suspend Biometrics For Certain Nonimmigrants

    USCIS has stated it will suspend the biometrics requirements for H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2 and E-3 applicants from May 17th, 2021 for a period of 2 years.  The biometric requirement was introduced by the Trump administration and was particularly cumbersome for H-4 and L-2 applicants as it meant that their applications would no longer be…

  3. USCIS Restores Its 2004 Deference Policy

    More great news coming from the Biden Administration. In 2004 USCIS released a policy which stated that officers should generally defer to prior determinations when making a decision on an extension petition.  However, the Trump administration rescinded this policy which created havoc, especially in the H-1B community.  It meant that individuals who had previously been…

  4. Life after the expiration of Proclamation 10052

    Despite a new administration no action was ever taken by President Biden to revoke Proclamation 10052. This Trump Proclamation suspended entry of certain nonimmigrants in the US and including those on H-1B, H-2B, J and L1s and was extended by Trump by Proclamation 10131 until March 31, 2021. However, the Department of State (DOS) has…

  5. Day 1 CPT Revisited

    2 years ago I wrote an article on the problems of taking Day 1 CPT and thought it was time to revisit this issue. Click here to see my previous article. At the time of writing my previous article, USCIS was taking a very firm stand on Day 1 CPT cases.  In fact, students applying…

  6. Related Entities Cannot File Multiple H-1B Filings For The Same Beneficiary

    USCIS recently released its updated FAQs on the electronic registration for FY2022.  Those questions can be accessed via the link below: https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-electronic-registration-process One of those questions concerns multiple filings by related entities for the same beneficiary. USCIS reminds applicants that an employer may not file more than one H-1B petition for the same beneficiary in…

  7. Loss Of Employment And Filing A New H-1B Petition Outside Of The 60-Day Grace Period

    COVID-19 has taken its toll on the labor market, resulting in millions of people losing their job.  Unfortunately for those on a nonimmigrant visa such as an H-1B, the clock starts ticking on their last day of work.  H-1B holders generally have 60 days or until the end of their authorized stay, whichever is shorter,…

  8. 240-Day Rule For H-1B Extensions

    Employers filing H-1B petitions need to be aware of the 240- day rule as it applies to filing H-1B extensions, as this rule allows employees to continue to work beyond the expiration of their authorized stay. This rule is particularly important when an Employer is filing an H-1B extension either when premium processing is unavailable…

  9. DOL Takes A Second Run At Increasing Its Wages

    DOL is publishing its Prevailing Wage Rule on January 14, 2021.  This rule previously went into effect on October 8, 2020, without any notice and significantly increased the DOL wages.  For further details of this rule please refer to our previous article, published on October 9, 2020. https://www.patellegal.com/dols-interim-final-rule-implements-higher-prevailing-wage-rates/ After the above rule was published, we…

  10. DHS is publishing an H-1B lottery final rule that gives preference to individuals with higher wages

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is releasing a final rule changing the next lottery for H-1B specialty occupation visas from the current random selection process to one based on an individual’s wages. The final rule is to be published on 01/08/2021 and will be effective 60 days from the date of publication. Per USCIS…

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