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H1B Premium Processing Open for Filings on or Before Dec 21,2018

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As you know, originally H1B Premium Processing was suspended till Feb 19, 2019 and recently in January 2019 USCIS resumed premium processing for H1Bs filed under FY 2019 cap in April 2018. Now, they have released a press note indicating that they will open up premium processing for everyone, who have filed H1B petitions on or before December 21, 2018 …

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What is New H1B Registration Process? Fees, Lottery Order? News?

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DHS and USCIS as part of  streamlining the process of H1B Visa lottery  published H1B Pre-registration rule for NPRM (Notice for Proposed Rulemaking) in December 2018. Subsequently, they published the final rule in Jan 2019. But, they could not implement the complete H1B Electronic Registration System last year due to shortage of time to test the new system. They announced …

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USCIS News: Premium Processing Resumes for H1B 2019 Cap Petitions

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As you all know, USCIS has suspended premium processing for H1B visa 2019 petitions until Feb 19, 2019. Earlier today, USCIS announced in a press note that they are opening up premium processing for certain petitions from next week. Below is the summary. H1B Premium Processing Resumes for FY 2019 Petitions – News Summary Below is short summary of the …

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H1B Grace Period 60 Days USCIS Rule – Job Loss, You Quit, H4 EAD, FAQs

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Some of the unfortunate H1B holders go through situations, where their company does a layoff as part of cost cutting, merger or acquisition…in the past, there was no concept of grace period and H1B holders were out of status upon job termination or layoff…but, in Jan 2017, USCIS made effective a set of rules that helps certain employment based non-immigrants …

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H1B Historical Data – Lottery vs 85K Quota, Masters vs Regular Split

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As you know, DHS proposed a pre-registration rule for H1B lottery recently. As part of the propose rule documentation, USCIS revealed many of their internal H1B statistics data regarding petitions filed, overall lottery numbers, premium petitions, US masters vs Regular quota filings, etc. This H1B data used to be only provided on request and not widely published to everyone. Now, …

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H1B Visa Pre-registration Requirements Proposed Rule, Lottery, Analysis

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As announced in Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda, DHS and USCIS published the proposed new H1B petition pre-registration rule in Federal Register for public review and comments. It had an expected date of Oct 2018 for Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), but got delayed to December. Actual proposed rule document is 139 pages. We will cover the below aspects of …