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Today at noon Eastern Time, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) closed the annual H-1B registration process. USCIS will now apply random numeric selection processes (“lotteries”) to select registrations, first under the Regular H-1B Cap and then under the U.S. Master’s Cap. USCIS anticipates notifying those selected by March 31, 2021. Petitioners with selected registrations may proceed with filing H-1B petitions […]

On January 14, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule that will impose higher wage requirements for H-1B workers and “green card” applicants.    The DOL had previously published the same rule as an interim final rule with an immediate effective date in October of last year. The rule was challenged in […]

On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register a final rule prioritizing allocation of H-1B visas according to the wage level of the offered position.  The stated goal of the regulation is to fulfill President Trump’s order for DHS to take action to ensure that H-1B visas are allocated […]