Tag: H-1B

December 19, 2020

Here’s why we oppose Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020 H.R. 1044, as amended by S. 386.

Badmus & Associates joins with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in opposition to the  Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020 H.R. 1044, as amended by S. 386.  Don’t get us wrong.  We absolutely support removing the per-country limitations for employment-based immigrants because individuals should become permanent residents based on the skills they […]

November 08, 2020

Flawed new H-1B wage rule makes H-1B visa out of reach for many employers

 The Department of Labor has recently enacted a new wage rule requiring businesses to pay their employees holding H-1B visas a mandated wage of $208,000 ($100 an hour). According to the DOL website, this mandated wage is set regardless of experience or the position they are applying for. An example of this would be the […]

July 02, 2020

What You Need to Know about the New USCIS Policy H-1B Memo

On June 17, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum adjusting some petition requirements for H-1B nonimmigrants. It was prompted to change some of its requirements for H-1B nonimmigrant petitions after the IT Serve Alliance lawsuit took place.  In the new policy memorandum, USCIS rescinds two of its former policy memos […]

April 11, 2019

USCIS Announcement: H-1B Master’s Cap Has Been Reached

From the USCIS: On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of […]

March 16, 2019

H-1B Cap Season Alert from USCIS

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season, start dates for premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, and the launch of its new H-1B data hub, while reminding petitioners of its new H-1B cap selection process. These new efforts underscore the agency’s […]

March 12, 2019

Premium Processing is now available for all H-1B petitions

As of March 12, 2019, all H-1B petitions will be eligible for premium processing. Acccording to the USCIS recent annoucement: USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing […]

September 04, 2018

Suspension of Premium Processing for Most H-1B Petitions Begins September 11

Premium processing offers guaranteed 15 day processing for many types of immigration petitions and applications, including H-1B petitions. Earlier this year, the USCIS suspended premium processing for H-1B petitions for employment subject to annual numerical limits, commonly known as the “H-1B cap-subject” petitions. On August 28, 2018, the USCIS announced that the premium processing option […]

April 06, 2018

H-1B Cap Reached for FY2019

USCIS released the following statement on April 6: USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all […]

March 23, 2018

H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season?

The race for H-1B professional worker visas begins April 2, 2018. Employers of recently graduated foreign students and others will vie for new visas, which are limited to 65,000 per fiscal year (the “H-1B cap”). And of these, 6,800 are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore under certain free trade agreements, effectively leaving only […]