July 30, 2008

USCIS Announces Interim Rule on H-1B Visas

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an interim final rule that prohibits employers from filing multiple H-1B petitions for the same employee. Under this rule, the USCIS will deny or revoke multiple petitions filed by an employer for the same H-1B worker and will not refund the filing fees submitted with multiple or duplicative petitions.

The interim final rule becomes effective upon publication in the Federal Register, where will be posted for comments for a period of 60 days. Written comments must be identified as DHS Docket No. USCIS-2007-0060.

You may submit your comment by one of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

2. E-mail: rfs.regs@dhs.gov. Include DHS Docket No. USCIS-2007-0060 in the subject line of the message.

3. Mail: Chief, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 3008, Washington, DC 20529. To ensure proper handling, please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS-2007-0060 on your correspondence. This mailing address may also be used for paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions.

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20529. Contact Telephone Number is (202) 272-8377.

To read the release, click here

By Angela M. Lopez