Delay in Premium Processing for H-1B Applications

Delay in Premium Processing for H-1B Applications for Lottery

Expect delays in premium processing for H-1B visa applications this year. With the annual H-1B lottery fast approaching on April 2 and the expected processing delays, your company should act now to prepare H-1B petitions for prospective candidates—if it hasn’t already. The Alcorn Immigration Law team knows what it takes to put together successful H-1B petitions. Moreover,…

Stricter Rules for H-1B Visas

Trump Administration Imposes Stricter Rules for H-1B Visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is imposing stricter rules for H-1B visa applications submitted by outsourcing companies for highly-skilled foreign workers. According to a policy memo issued last month, “USCIS recognizes that significant employer violations—such as paying less than the required wage, benching employees (not paying workers the required wage while they wait for projects or work)…

All H-1B premium processing to resume

All H-1B Premium Processing Resumes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions on Sept. 18, less than six months after it was suspended. This includes premium processing for H-1B petitions filed by U.S. companies seeking to transfer or extend an existing employee’s status. The highly coveted H-1B visa allows U.S. companies to employ highly…

Decision in H-1B appeal clarifies H-1B Master's degree requirement, lottery

Decision in H-1B Appeal Clarifies Master’s Degree Requirement and Lottery Eligibility

Timing is everything. That’s the upshot of a recent decision from the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to an H-1B appeal. The decision, which denied the appeal, provides guidance to USCIS employees when evaluating H-1B petitions and to companies sponsoring H-1B candidates.   The H-1B Process The H-1B visa…