Data From USCIS Shows Increase of H-1B Denials in 2019
According to the , H-1B denials have skyrocketed since fiscal year (FY) 2015. Analyzing data from , NFAP found that denial rates for new H-1B petitions have quadrupled between FY 2015 and FY 2018, and the trend is increasing for the first quarter of FY 2019.
Increased Denials of Initial H-1B Petitions
August 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there is a significant backlog worldwide for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3.
China: Priority date of July 1, 2016 (Regression of 312 days)
House Passes Bill Aiming to Eliminate Per-Country Green Card Cap
On July 10, 2019, the House passed a bill that would eliminate the per-country cap on green cards, which would mean that the amount of time any new applicant waits for a green card would be equalized, regardless of where the applicant was born.
Under current regulations, the green card cap limits a maximum of 7% of total employmen...
Proposed H-1B Cap Registration Fee Currently Under Federal Review
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submitted a proposal to impose a fee on employers who register for the H-1B cap starting next year.
Under current rules, an employer that submits an H-1B cap petition is subject to the following fees:
Form I-129 filing fee: $460
H-1B Training and Education Fee:...
Visa Applicants Are Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts, Prior Contact Information
The Department of State is now requiring visa applicants to disclose five years of social media and contact history. These new questions related to social media use, prior email addresses, and prior phone numbers have been added to the Forms DS-160 and DS-260, the online nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications.
The questions ...
July 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was an advancement for EB-1 India after a retrogression last month, and EB-3 Philippines is now current.
China: Priority date of May 8, 2017 (Advancement of 75 days)
USCIS Makes Steps Toward Digital Immigration Processing
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 22, 2019 that it would implement a new strategy to make steps toward a digital business model. This strategy, known as eProcessing, will be a complete digital experience. Individuals would be able to apply for a benefit, communicate with USCIS, and even r...
USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were selected in the computer-generated random selection process. USCIS will begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected and will issue an announcement once they are done notifying petitioners.
USCIS may also tran...
June 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its June 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was a large retrogression for EB-1 for India.
China: Priority date of February 22, 2017 (No Advancement)
India: Priority d...
Department of State Selects FY 2020 Diversity Lottery Visa Winners
The United States Department of State (DOS) has chosen the winners of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Diversity Visa Lottery. Foreign nationals who entered the lottery can visit the to see if they were selected to submit an application for permanent residence.
Foreign nationals who were selected in the lottery are eligible to submit an...