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January 2019
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H-1B employer registration proposal
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a proposed rule that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to register electronically with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period; the rule would also reverse the order by which the agency selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption.

The proposed electronic registration period would begin at least 14 calendar days before the first date the H-1B filing window opens each fiscal year, commonly April 1, and would remain open for at least 14 calendar days. USCIS would give at least 30 calendar days' notice of the registration period on the USCIS website.

The rule proposes that petitioners whose petitions are selected will be notified that they are eligible to file an H-1B petition within a designated filing period. The duration of the filing period for registrants who are selected would be at least 60 days.

A registrant could therefore wait until they have been notified of selection before submitting the corresponding H-1B petition on behalf of the beneficiary named in the selected registration. USCIS would hold some unselected H-1B registrations in reserve so that additional cases could be filed if the quota is not reached due to petition rejections, denials, or withdrawals, or if an employer does not file an H-1B petition on behalf of a selected beneficiary. USCIS could reopen registrations if more cases are needed to fulfill the annual quota.

Petitioners would need to file a separate registration for each beneficiary and would be limited to one registration per beneficiary for the same fiscal year. USCIS is not proposing to charge a fee for electronic registration at this time.

Allocation of H-1B cap numbers
The second major change proposed by DHS is to reverse the order by which the agency selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption. Currently, in years when the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption are both reached within the first five days in which H-1B cap petitions may be filed, the advanced degree exemption beneficiaries are selected before the H-1B cap beneficiaries.

The proposed rule would reverse the selection order and count all applicants towards the number projected as needed to reach the regular H-1B cap first. Once a sufficient number of applicants have been selected for the H-1B cap, USCIS would then select applicants towards the advanced degree exemption. USCIS projects that this change in the process would result in a 16% increase in the number of selected beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education.

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR January 2019

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Aug11

22Aug11

2A

08Nov16

08Nov16

2B

15Mar12

15Mar12

3rd

15Aug06

15Aug06

4th

15Jun04

22May05

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

15Dec16

01Oct17

2nd

01Apr09

Current

3rd

01Mar09

Current

Other

01Mar09

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - January 2019

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

08Mar12

08Mar12

2A

01Dec17

01Dec17

2B

22Mar14

22Mar14

3rd

08Jan07

08Jan07

4th

01Jan05

15May06

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Oct17

01Jun18

2nd

22May09

Current

3rd

01Apr10

Current

Other

01Apr10

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-january-2019.html

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