What to Know for the Rapidly Approaching H-1B Season!

By Attorney Michele Strickland

Premium Processing Resumes for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing service for all FY 2019 H-1B cap, effective January 28, 2019.  These are petitions filed during the first week of April 2019 for and October 1, 2019 start date.  All H-1B cap petitions are eligible, even those which received a request for evidence. Employers should send the request with a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to the appropriate Service Center with the filing fee of $1,410.   If you received a request for evidence, you may submit the premium processing request with your response.

Proposed H-1B Rule Change

USCIS is currently reviewing public comments received on the proposed H-1B rule changes announced late last year.  The comment period closed on January 2, 2019.  USCIS has not made any announcements of whether the new rules will go into effect for FY 2020 H-1B cap season.    Immigration lawyers are moving forward under the current USCIS rules until further notice.

FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases

Petitions subject to the H-1B Cap must be filed the first week of April 2019 for an October 1, 2019 start date.  For information about H-1B Cap petitions, please see my article about the H-1B Cap here.  The application period for FY 2020 has not been announced yet.  Employers are urged to contact an experienced employment immigration lawyer to begin the process soon.

If you are interested in learning more about H-1B visas and sponsorship, feel free to contact our office at 713-589-2085 or email us at [email protected] to set up a consultation.

Attorney Michele Strickland focuses her practice on small to mid-size companies and higher education, including multi-national corporations, investors, national interest waivers and individuals with extraordinary ability in their field.

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